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Raw-milk advocates gaining allies in bid to ease regulations

Libertarians join fight, but health concerns remain

WASHINGTON — An alliance of food activists and antiregulation libertarians is battling to legalize raw, unpasteurized milk, despite warnings from health officials about the rising toll of illnesses affecting adults and children alike.

As the popularity of raw milk has grown, so too have associated outbreaks. They have nearly doubled over the past five years, with eight out of 10 cases occurring in states that have already legalized sales of the unpasteurized product, according to Centers for Disease Control and Prevention data.

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