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Jade Ouimette, 21, milks cows at the Straw Farm in Newcastle, Maine. (Robert F. Bukaty/AP)
Jade Ouimette, 21, milks cows at the Straw Farm in Newcastle, Maine. (Robert F. Bukaty/AP)
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Massachusetts lawmakers are considering a significant change to state regulations that could allow farmers to deliver raw milk directly to consumers.

Right now, raw milk sales can only happen on a small number of farms which receive special certification from the state. State and national public health officials have long held that dangerous microorganisms can readily grow in raw milk, making it a potential health hazard.

But raw milk advocates say the risks are minimal, and raw milk has added benefits because it contains nutrients that are killed off during pasteurization.

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David Gumpert, author of "The Raw Milk Answer Book: What You Really Need To Know About Our Most Controversial Food." He tweets @davidgumpert.

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This segment aired on August 17, 2015.

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