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May 23, 2016

Some West Virginians Can Now Legally Buy Raw Milk

 |  By: Jim Dickrell

West Virginians can, as of today, legally buy raw milk if they have signed an animal sharing agreement with the farmer. The sale and distribution of raw milk without an animal sharing agreement is still illegal, reports the Register Herald,based in Beckley, W.V.

Consumers also must sign a document saying they understand the inherent health risks of drinking raw milk, and cows whose milk is sold raw must have passed health tests within the past 12 months.

Passage of the law comes on the heels of a Centers for Disease (CDC) Control report that nearly 85% of food borne illnesses from dairy products in 2014 came from consuming raw milk. The 2014 CDC report is the latest available.