- Associated Press - Thursday, April 2, 2015

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) - Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin has vetoed a bill to let people drink raw milk through animal herd sharing agreements.

In his veto message Wednesday, Tomblin wrote that the bill would pose a serious risk to public health.

The proposal wouldn’t have allowed retail sales of raw milk.

It would have required filling out a contract of ownership for milk-producing animals. The person consuming the raw milk would have been required to sign a form acknowledging health risks.

Doctors would have to tell health officials about any illnesses related to consuming raw milk.

Federal officials have warned of health risks when children, the elderly and pregnant women consume raw milk.

Tomblin wrote that the bill should have given state health officials oversight and regulatory authority in raw milk production.

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