The Louisiana House voted 77-19 Wednesday in favor of lifting a ban on the sale of unpasteurized milk.
House Bill 1279 narrowly emerged from a House committee. The bill’s sponsor, state Rep. Stephen Ortego, agreed to changes before asking for a vote on the House floor.
Ortego, D-Carencro, said many of the health risks have been addressed over the years.
Still, Ortego offered some tweaks to HB1279, including adding stronger wording to raw milk labels about the health risks of skipping pasteurization. The state also would be able to inspect a raw milk farm’s cows or goats.
HB1279 now moves to the Senate for debate.