Stephan Battles Town Over Raw Milk Operation
February 1, 2010 at 12:04 PM (PT)
What do syndicated talker DOUG STEPHAN and raw milk have in common? The answer involves STEPHAN's fledgling raw milk production operation in FRAMINGHAM, MA, and his battle with the FRAMINGHAM Board of Health over regulations that place greater restrictions on raw milk than on pasteurized milk.
STEPHAN's EASTLEIGH FARM was granted the ability to produce raw milk by the board a month ago, but the METROWEST DAILY NEWS reports that the board released a strict set of regulations last week that some are characterizing as "overzealous." The town set the raw milk aerobic bacterial count standard at 15,000 cfu/ml, lower than the pasteurized milk standard of 20,000 cfu/ml. The regulations also require STEPHAN to keep a list of all customers, with addresses, phone numbers, and e-mail addresses, and to carry a $1 million general liability insurance policy.
STEPHAN told the NEWS, "I certainly want to do what's best for the customers. I'm interested in doing what is legally, morally, and ethically correct. We're dealing with nuance here."