Real Raw Milk Facts


Raw Milk Laws & Regulations

Retail Sale of Raw Milk Allowed? Yes
Other Sale of Raw Milk Allowed? Yes (cowshares allowed if licensed by the Washington Department of Agriculture)
Citations RCWA 15.36.012 (defining Grade A Raw Milk); WA ADC 246-215-041 (allowing sale of raw milk at retail); WAC 246-215-051 (requiring that raw milk sold at food establishment have accompanying sign) WA ADC 16-101-800 (warning label requirements); WA ADC 16-86-026 (brucellosis testing requirements); WA ADC 16-86-110 (Q fever testing requirements); WA ADC 16-86-140 (tuberculosis testing requirements)
Requirements Must have warning label with required text. If sold at food establishment, sign with warning text must be posted nearby. Herd must have tested negative for brucellosis, Q fever, and tuberculosis within previous 12 months. Monthly retail testing: bacterial count < 20K/mL, coliform < 10/mL; somatic cell <750k/ml (cow & sheep) or <1 million/ml (goat)

Raw Milk Bill & Legislation

2011 Regular Session & 2011 1st Special
Bill Description Status
SB 5648 Would allow on-farm sale of unlicensed, uninspected raw milk for dairies with no more than 2 cows, 9 goats, or 9 sheep In Senate Agriculture & Rural Economic Development Committee

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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