OLR Bill Analysis

SB 360

AN ACT AUTHORIZING HERD SHARES WITHIN THE PRODUCTION OF MILK AND RAW MILK PRODUCTS AND THE MANUFACTURE OF CHEESE FOR PERSONAL CONSUMPTION.

SUMMARY:

This bill exempts transferring or exchanging raw milk between people who are part of a shared animal ownership agreement from the general ban on selling, offering for barter, exchange, or sale, or distributing raw milk from an unregistered dairy farm.

A “shared animal ownership agreement” is a contract in which a person:

1. acquires an interest in a milk-producing animal;

2. agrees to pay, reimburse, or accept financial responsibility for the animal's care and board; and

3. receives a share of the raw milk the animal produces.

Current law generally requires anyone producing or manufacturing retail raw milk or raw milk cheese for use or disposal off-premises to be registered with the agriculture department (CGS 22-173a). Producing raw milk or raw milk products and manufacturing cheese for personal consumption or consumption by immediate family members is exempt.

EFFECTIVE DATE: Upon passage

COMMITTEE ACTION

Environment Committee

Joint Favorable

Yea

29

Nay

0

(03/25/2015)