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View Diary: The Illinois Department of Public Health vs. Illinois Raw Milk Farmers (267 comments)

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  •  No . . . (0+ / 0-)

    I don't, and neither do the farmers. The farmer just want to be able to conduct their business. They have no problem with reasonable inspections

    •  Then why is one of the points of your diary the (0+ / 0-)

      objection to certification? You need to be more clear on this.

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        is limited. I was told that the farmers were given a long list of restrictions to consider. There are only two that they found objectionable, and one is the procurement of a Grade-A dairy license, which I believe requires that the farmer own equipment costing up to $25,000 that's used for pasteurization, which is unnecessary on a raw milk farm.

        In addition, I doubt that the majority of large dairies in the country are inspected on a regular basis. This country can barely keep it's postal service running.

        If the government procured the resources (taxes) to inspect raw milk farmers and large milking factories and if they compared the data, I'd bed money that the raw milk farmers maintain higher levels of sanitation. There's less risk of over-crowding, the animals are less inclined to experience stress and are less likely to contract diseases.

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