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South Dakota Ag Department Holds Raw Milk Rule Hearing

South Dakota Ag Department Holds Raw Milk Rule Hearing

The South Dakota Department of Agriculture held a hearing this week on proposed raw milk rules. Ag Policy Division Director and General Counsel Courtney De La Rosa says they’re taking public comment on their proposed rule through October 21. She says one of the changes to their proposed rule involves the labeling requirements.

De La Rosa says the label is vital in the event there’s an outbreak or contamination because it helps the Health or Ag Departments know when that product was bottled and what to look for. She says they’ve heard from opponents of the rule that are concerned about its expense.

De La Rosa says following the comment period a recommendation for or against the rule will be given to State Agriculture Secretary Lucas Lentsch who will then decide whether it goes forward or is thrown out.

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