Producers, experts warn against raw milk

State News

December 31, 2019 - 9:39 AM

GARDEN CITY, Kan. (AP) — Wearing sweaters, small kids (of the goat variety) went springing over hay-lined pens in the Good Karma Micro-Dairy barn in Russell County — where Erin and Doug Renard milk goats and cows and make raw cheese, Greek yogurt, butter and gelato.

“As you noticed when you came here, there’s no signs,” Erin Renard told the Kansas News Service. “One of the reasons there’s no signs is expense. But the other reason was we couldn’t even put ‘raw milk’ on the sign. Now we can.”

Prior to November, the Renards and other Kansas raw milk producers could advertise their products with only a sign on the farm — a 1967 law outlawed raw milk advertising otherwise. That changed when the Kansas Department of Agriculture settled a lawsuit with Mark and Coraleen Bunner, the owners of Shepherd’s Gate Dairy.

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