CHARLESTON, WV (LOOTPRESS) – A West Virginia House of Delegates Committee advances a bill that would make raw milk legal.
House Bill 4911, would allow the sale of unpasteurized, raw milk as long as containers were clearly labeled as being ungraded raw milk. The bill, introduced by Delegate Michael Hornby, would also give raw milk producers immunity from civil liability related to consuming their unpasteurized products.
The bill passed the House of Delegates Committee on Agriculture and Natural Resources. It now heads to the House of Delegates Committee Health and Human Resources.
Proponents of the bill argue that it fosters consumer freedom, allowing individuals to choose to purchase and consume raw milk. The bill’s lead sponsor, Del Mike Hornby, has branded it a ‘freedom bill’, asserting that it empowers consumers to make informed decisions. However, critics cite potential health risks, expressing concerns over the safety of consuming ungraded milk.