Food Freedom Act Passes The Senate

Feb 25, 2015

A bill that was opposed by food safety officials has passed the Wyoming Senate. The Food Freedom Act allows Ag producers to sell such things as unregulated eggs and raw milk locally.  

Supporters say the Food Freedom Act will help Ag Producers make more money by allowing them to sell products locally. Senator Ogden Driskill says it legalizes a practice that has been going on for years. 

Casper Republican Charles Scott tried one last time to warn the Senate that selling raw milk is a bad idea because it could lead to disease outbreaks. 

"The trouble is that we forget, because it just hasn’t happened because the stuff has not been widely available and we just haven’t had out breaks. If you make it widely available, you’re going to see some major outbreaks and that’s what I’m afraid of."

Baggs Senator Larry Hicks says there are always risks.

"What we know is that approximately two-thirds of all food borne illnesses come out of restaurants and facilities that are inspected and checked."

The House of Representatives previously adopted the bill.