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W.Va. Senate Passes Bill Allowing Consumption of Raw Milk


West Virginia senators have narrowly approved a bill letting people drink raw milk through animal herd sharing agreements.

On Friday, the Senate voted 18-16 to approve the measure. Sen. Tom Takubo, a doctor, was the lone dissenting Republican vote. Sen. Bob Williams was the only Democrat voting in favor.

The bill wouldn’t allow retail sales of raw milk.

Instead, it would require filling out a contract of ownership for milk-producing animals. The person consuming the raw milk would have to sign a form acknowledging health risks.

Federal officials have warned of health risks when children, the elderly and pregnant women consume raw milk.

The bill next moves to the House of Delegates for consideration.