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Should raw milk be sold legally?

November 2006
The recent raid on the farm of Michael Schmidt, the farmer from the Town of Durham (near Owen Sound), who has been charged with operating a milk-processing plant without a licence, presents some interesting issues on whether raw milk should be legally sold in Ontario.

People have been drinking raw milk for years with no ill-effects, myself included when I was young and would visit my aunt and uncle’s farm. I haven’t had any for years and that is a personal choice.

I do understand that there are genuine health concerns with the sale of raw milk. However, it is kinda hypocritical that the Ontario government has a problem with someone selling raw milk, to customers who know what they are getting I might add, because of “health reasons”, but they have no problem collecting tax money off cigarettes. Is it just me, or is there something wrong here.

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Bruce Forsyth

Bruce Forsyth served in the Royal Canadian Navy Reserve for 13 years (1987-2000). He served with units in Toronto, Hamilton & Windsor and worked or trained at CFB Esquimalt, CFB Halifax, CFB Petawawa, CFB Kingston, CFB Toronto, Camp Borden, The Burwash Training Area and LFCA Training Centre Meaford.

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