The Colorado Board of Health is planning to prohibit the cow share program, which would eliminate our access to raw milk and raw milk products produced in Colorado. Essentially they are adopting the federal standards:
(“Adoption of United States Public Health Service Ordinance: Applicability of the Grade A Pasteurized Milk Ordinance AND THE PROHIBITION OF THE SALE OF RAW MILK”).
Included in this statute is this definition of “SALE”:
SALE/SOLD, AS USED IN THE PMO, MEANS ANY TRANSACTION THAT INVOLVES THE TRANSFER OF MILK OR MILK PRODUCTS, INCLUDING DAIRY ANIMAL COLOSTRUM, OR THE RIGHT TO ACQUIRE SUCH MILK OR MILK PRODUCTS IN EXCHANGE FOR ANY FORM OF COMPENSATION OR CONTRACTUAL OBLIGATION. THE SALE OF UNDIVIDED SHARES OR INTERESTS IN A COW OR DAIRY HERD CONSTITUTES THE SALE OF RAW MILK.
Please write letters, or emails, or make phone calls (written preferred, but calls help, too!) to the Colorado Board of Health by May 6, 2004.
President of the Board of Health
V. Michael Barkett
4300 Cherry Creek Drive South,
Denver, CO 80246
Email: barkett (at) starband.net
Executive Director of the CO Department of Public Health & Environment
Douglas H. Benevento
4300 Cherry Creek Drive
South Denver, CO 80246
They will not look at form letters of any kind, so please send personal correspondence. Points to get across in your correspondence include:
- Health benefits you personlly have experienced drinking raw milk.
- It is our right as Americans to have access to foods of our choosing.
- We want to be able to buy raw milk legally.
- Your thoughts on milk safety, quality, and cleanliness.
Please keep your comments respectful and courteous. We want to take progress with the Board of Health. Again, all letters must be received by May 6, 2004 to be included in the hearing packet.