Final Raw Milk Vote Nov 12

ACTION ALERT

Support food freedom in South Dakota and write and attend the final vote on the proposed raw milk rules on November 12

 

Despite receiving over 1,000 letters from opponents, South Dakota Secretary of Agriculture Lucas Lentsch changed only two items in the proposed raw milk rulesHe sent them to the Legislative Rules Review Committee to be voted on….this is the last step before these rules could become effective!  The two changed items are:

1)  milk bacteria levels raised to 30,000 per/mil (from 20,000 and current rule is 500,000)

2)  36 word warning label reduced to these 12 words:  “WARNING: This product has not been pasteurized and may contain harmful bacteria.”

These changes are insignificant: the proposed rules still include many onerous regulations which will dramatically increase producer’s costs, and the rules contain many conflicts which will cause much confusion.  In addition, the Department’s authority to propose such extensive rules is in question.  The proposed rules far exceed SD statute 39-6-3 which merely requires a permit or license to sell raw milk, and a label stating “raw milk.”  The proposed warning label not only exceeds statutory authority, it is inaccurate in light of several new studies which concluded that raw milk is a LOW RISK FOOD.

WRITE to these six legislators ASAP and tell them to reject these rules on November 12th

They received over 300 letters opposing the rules last time and they voted NO – let’s send another 300!

Rep. Peggy Gibson
1010 Valley View Court
Huron, SD 57350
peggygibson@hotmail.com

Rep. Anne Hajek
PO Box 1779
Sioux Falls, SD 57101
annehajek@gmail.com

Rep. Timothy Johns
203 W. Main St.
Lead, SD 57754
tjohns@johnskosellaw.com

Sen. Jean Hunhoff
2511 Mulligan Drive
Yankton, SD 57078
USE E-MAIL FORM: http://legis.state.sd.us/sessions/2013/MemberDetail.aspx?Member=55

Sen. Mike Vehle
132 N. Harmon Drive
Mitchell, SD 57301
mvehle@mit.midco.net

Sen. Angie Buhl
PO Box 2212
Sioux Falls, SD 57101
angie.buhl@gmail.com

Please also ATTEND Legislative Meeting on November 12th at one of the five locations below:

Raw milk rules vote will occur around 9:00am MT/10:00am CT and you have the option to speak briefly before the vote. Find Agenda.

SD School of Mines & Technology
501 E. St. Joseph St., Room CB
Rapid City, South Dakota

State Capitol Building
500 E Capitol Ave., room 414
Pierre, South Dakota

Department of Human Services
2361 Dakota Ave. S.
Huron, South Dakota

Mitchell Technical Institute
1800 E. Spruce, Room TC 155
Mitchell, South Dakota

Department of Transportation
109 1306 W. 31st St.
Yankton, South Dakota

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