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Raw Milk Laws & Regulations

Retail Sale of Raw Milk Allowed?
Other Sale of Raw Milk Allowed
Yes - sales on farm or through delivery direct from farm to consumer for personal consumption allowed through a two tier system.
6 V.S.A. § 2775-78
Different requirements apply depending on amount sold.
Tier 1 - May sell, barter or give away milk on the farm where it is produced -May sell 50 quarts or less - May allow customers to fill their own bottles (containers)
Tier 2 - May sell, barter or give away milk on the farm where it is produced - May sell up to 160 quarts - May deliver if milk is presold and they follow the added requirements in the statute for tier 2 - Farmers that sell less than 50 quarts may deliver if they meet Tier 2 requirements
Raw milk sales are prohibited at farmers markets, but advertising is not restricted. Producers of more than 12.5 gallons/day must meet bacteriological stds: bacteria < 15K/mL, coliform < 10/mL. Must be clearly labeled as raw and carry required warning.

Raw Milk Bills & Related Legislation

2013-2014 Legislative Session

Bill: SB 70

Expands raw milk sales to include farmers markets in addition to on-farm sales

Pending: House Committee on Agriculture and Forest Products

2011 Legislative Session

Bill: SB 105

“The Dairy Class” law would allow classes on how to make yogurt, cheese, and butter from raw milk; part of larger bill to make housekeeping changes to existing dairy law (Pages 15-16)

Signed by Governor Shumlin on May 19, 2011

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Real Life Dangers of
Raw Milk

Several families offered to share their stories on video to help raise awareness about the potential risks and negative effects on health from drinking contaminated raw milk.