There’s nothing like a big, cold glass of milk. But an estimated 400,000 Illinoisans prefer it raw. A farmer in Barrington who says raw milk is his top-selling product provides that figure. The Illinois Department of Public Health is taking public comment about proposed regulations which raw milk drinkers say are excessive and unnecessary.
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“Nutrient-dense food will give the body the most benefit to overcome illness but also build optimal health,” says Kathryne Pirtle of Addison, who says she suffered from a digestive disease before she changed her diet. “We need some sort of regulation,” adds Robin Migalla of Elgin, “but they're barking up the wrong tree. Why is it that you can get gallons and gallons and gallons of high-fructose corn syrup-laden soda, which everyone knows is linked to diabetes and other chronic illnesses?”
IDPH says the regulations are for everyone’s safety, but Migalla says if they go into effect, she’ll have to get her raw milk on the black market. Whatever happens will not happen soon; this all has go through the legislature.