Real Raw Milk Facts


Raw Milk Laws & Regulations

Retail Sale of Raw Milk Allowed? No
Other Sale of Raw Milk Allowed? Yes - sales on farm or through delivery direct from farm to consumer for personal consumption allowed through a two tier system.
Citations 6 V.S.A. § 2775-78
Requirements Different requirements apply depending on amount sold.
Tier 1

- May sell, barter or give away milk on the farm where it is produced -May sell 50 quarts or less

- May allow customers to fill their own bottles (containers)

Tier 2

- May sell, barter or give away milk on the farm where it is produced

- May sell up to 160 quarts

- May deliver if milk is presold and they follow the added requirements in the statute for tier 2

- Farmers that sell less than 50 quarts may deliver if they meet Tier 2 requirements

Raw milk sales are prohibited at farmers markets, but advertising is not restricted.

Producers of more than 12.5 gallons/day must meet bacteriological stds: bacteria < 15K/mL, coliform < 10/mL. Must be clearly labeled as raw and carry required warning.

Raw Milk Bill & Legislation

Bill Description Status
SB 70 Expands raw milk sales to include farmers markets in addition to on-farm sales Pending: House Committee on Agriculture and Forest Products
Bill Description Status
SB 105 “The Dairy Class” law would allow classes on how to make yogurt, cheese, and butter from raw milk; part of larger bill to make housekeeping changes to existing dairy law (Pages 15-16) Signed by Governor Shumlin on May 19, 2011

Real Life Dangers of Raw Milk

Several families offered to share their stories on video to help raise awareness about the potential risks and negative effects on health from drinking contaminated raw milk.

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