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Raw milk and redistricting featured on Capitol City Sunday


MADISON (WKOW) -- Wisconsin's dairy industry is joining forces with the medical community to try to kill a bill that would allow farmers to sell raw milk and cheese directly to consumers.

"The science behind it demonstrates, whether its the Center for Disease Control or the Food and Drug Administration, that its not a safe product and we would like it to be pasteurized," said Shawn Pfaff, spokesperson for the Wisconsin Safe Milk Coalition.

"The CDC says that in 2012 - 1.3 million Americans got sick from pasteurized products," countered Vince Hundt, a raw milk producer from Coon Valley, Wisconsin.   

Pfaff and Hundt debate the issue on Capitol City Sunday this weekend.

Hundt says the illness argument doesn't hold any water and claims its not really why the dairy industry wants to kill the raw milk movement.

"I think the dairy industry doesn't like the idea of a couple, three, four, five hundred farms in the state selling unpasteurized milk," said Hundt.  "The food processors don't like it, the grocers (don't like it)."

But Pfaff says raw milk does present real problems for Wisconsin.

"Number one in the nation in cheese production," said Pfaff, referring to Wisconsin.  "Why would want to take that risk?  Why would we want to do that?" 

Sen. Tim Cullen (D-Janesville) is featured on the second half of the show to share his support for a bill that would turn the drawing of Wisconsin's legislative and congressional districts over to the non-partisan Legislative Reference Bureau.

A similar system is used in Iowa, but Wisconsin's districts are currently drawn by the legislators themselves.

"These maps produce more and more Democrats who are further to the left and more and more Republicans who are further to the right," said Sen. Cullen.

The bill has bipartisan support, but has yet to be scheduled for a public hearing.

Capitol City Sunday airs at 9:00 a.m. on WKOW 27.

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