Lawmakers In West Virginia Celebrate Legalisation Of Raw Milk By Drinking It And Getting Sick

Lawmakers in West Virginia Celebrate Legalization of Raw Milk By Drinking It and Getting Sick

Lawmakers in West Virginia are excited about new legislation that lifted a ban on raw milk. They're so excited that they recently celebrated by drinking some raw milk. Now, many of those lawmakers are sick. Representative Pat McGeehan (seen in agony in the photo above) says that he doesn't think he or his colleagues' illnesses are from the raw milk.

"I'm not feeling that great," McGeehan told local news station WSAZ. "I think it's probably just some sort of bad stomach virus." But McGeenhan admits that it's not just him who's sick: "There's definitely some other colleagues that have similar symptoms that I've been experiencing."

McGeenhan says he drank just a small amount of the celebratory milk given to him by Scott Cadle, a sponsor of the raw milk bill. He still insists that the timing of his illness is "coincidental".

Raw milk hasn't gone through a process of pasteurisation that kills potentially harmful bacteria. Drinking raw milk can lead to illness and, historically, has even killed people. For instance, in 1911, 48 people died and roughly 2000 people got severely sick in Boston after drinking raw milk.

"There definitely shouldn't be a law against allowing people to do what they want within the framework of the rule of law," McGeehan said. "Just be careful."

As I've joked before, I personally think that raw milk should be legal, but perhaps every bottle should contain a picture of Louis Pasteur and the caption "Really, guys?"

[WSAZ h/t Daily Kos]

Image: West Virginia Representative Pat McGeehan from a screenshot of WSAZ

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    HAHA, that's like saying I know i wasn't wearing a seat belt but that's not why i died in the car accident.

    Reads like it was lifted straight from The Onion.

    I wouldn't drink raw milk unless it was super fresh. But this is great news for the cheese makers in the area. It's still illegal to selling raw milk cheese in this nanny state

      Nanny state does let a restaurant sell you raw chicken either.

        Yes, buy the supermarket can. This is because you know what you are getting. If I ate raw chicken at home and got sick, that's my fault, not the supermarket's. I judge when it is safe to consume

        Also, shouldn't they make salad illegal by your standards, as it poisoned people..

          No in a supermarket you are buying it to cook it. It is sold on the assumption you will cook it not a ready to eat. . Raw milk is sold as a ready to eat product. There is no assumption you are going to pastures it yourself. Hence why I said restaurant. You can't get a raw chicken and salad at a restaurant because it may contain harmful bacteria. But you want to be able to buy raw milk that may contain harmful bacteria.

            All milk contains harmful bacteria, just pasteurised milk contains less, so it takes longer to be harmful to humans as they take longer to grow to a large enough volume. Same with chicken, same with beef, same with most things. In many countries they provide warnings against having your steak anything less than well done due to the levels of bacteria, but it isn't illegal to sell it to to you cooked rare.

            I agree that the products should be labelled correctly, but the choice should always be with the consumer (just like it is your choice to buy drain cleaner, and then decide if you believe the warnings about not eating it)

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