Email Comments to DHEC by 5pm Monday 4/27/2020
The Department of Health and Environmental Control (DHEC) is proposing to amend South Carolina raw milk regulations to legalize the sale of raw cream and raw buttermilk by licensed dairies. Currently, licensed producers can only sell raw milk and raw cheese (aged 60 days or more).
Here is an opportunity to expand raw dairy access in the state as well to encourage DHEC to engage in future rulemaking to legalize other raw dairy products such as raw butter and kefir.
Raw dairy supporters have until 5:00 p.m. on Monday, April 27, to submit comments to DHEC on the proposed amendments.to the raw milk regulations.
ACTION TO TAKE
Email comments to Director Sandra D. Craig at firstname.lastname@example.org
Ms. Craig is the Director for the Division of Food and Lead Risk Assessments in the Bureau of Environmental Health Services at the Department of Health and Environmental Control in South Carolina.
1. The proposed amendments recognize consumer freedom of choice by increasing access to raw dairy products.
2. Allowing raw milk dairy farmers to sell additional value-added products will enhance their ability to make a living.
3. Raw cream and raw buttermilk have an excellent track record for food safety track In states where sales and/or distribution are legal.
4. DHEC should also consider legalizing the sale of other raw dairy products such as butter and kefir in future rulemaking. These products also have great food safety records and are in high demand by consumers as well.
WAPF will be issuing further alerts as developments warrant.