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Raw Milk Laws & Regulations

Retail Sale of Raw Milk Allowed?
Other Sale of Raw Milk Allowed
Yes (cowshares allowed if licensed by the Washington Department of Agriculture)
RCWA 15.36.012 (defining Grade A Raw Milk); WA ADC 246-215-041 (allowing sale of raw milk at retail); WAC 246-215-051 (requiring that raw milk sold at food establishment have accompanying sign) WA ADC 16-101-800 (warning label requirements); WA ADC 16-86-026 (brucellosis testing requirements); WA ADC 16-86-110 (Q fever testing requirements); WA ADC 16-86-140 (tuberculosis testing requirements)
Must have warning label with required text. If sold at food establishment, sign with warning text must be posted nearby. Herd must have tested negative for brucellosis, Q fever, and tuberculosis within previous 12 months. Monthly retail testing: bacterial count < 20K/mL, coliform < 10/mL; somatic cell <750k/ml (cow & sheep) or <1 million/ml (goat)

Raw Milk Bills & Related Legislation

2011 Regular Session & 2011 1st Special Legislative Session

Bill: SB 5648

Would allow on-farm sale of unlicensed, uninspected raw milk for dairies with no more than 2 cows, 9 goats, or 9 sheep

In Senate Agriculture & Rural Economic Development Committee

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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.