Raw milk issue is about freedom of choice
The Oregon Dairy Farmers association is attempting to ban the sale of unpasteurized milk, or raw milk as it is known. This appears to be in response to a recent outbreak of E. coli that sickened 20, and hospitalized four.
Here is an excerpt from Oregon Live about the possible ban:
Oregon's dairy industry is revving up for a new fight over raw milk following the E. coli outbreak last month.
The Oregon Dairy Farmers Association will gather legislators, producers and perhaps state agriculture officials this summer to discuss a possible crackdown on sales of unpasteurized milk in Oregon. Raw milk producers and consumers won't be invited.
"We feel that something needs to be done," said Executive Director Jim Krahn. "We've been saying this for a long time."
This is a prime example of the buyer being responsible for their actions. It's no different than someone buying chicken or beef at the store, going home, under cooking it, and ending up with food borne illness.
It appears that the only people that are really in favor of stopping the sales of raw milk, are the people who produce pasteurized milk.