Raw milk supporters petitioning Supreme Court

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MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- Supporters of unpasteurized milk are petitioning the Wisconsin Supreme Court to decide whether a person has a constitutional right to purchase and consume raw milk.

Food rights activist Gayle Loiselle, of Dousman, says the plaintiffs believe people have a right to choose what they consume and where it comes from, and that dairy farmers who sell unpasteurized milk have a right to sell directly to consumers.

The petitions are the result of a state appeals court ruling against Mark and Petra Zinniker, dairy farmers in Walworth County, and Grassway Organics Farm Store in New Holstein.

The Journal Sentinel says another petition was filed this summer in a case involving dairy farmer Vernon Hershberger of Loganville.

State law generally prohibits the sale of unpasteurized milk to the public because it may carry bacteria that can cause food-borne illnesses.

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