California dairy owners promote camel milk benefits

A California couple who operate the largest camel dairy in the U.S. face a major obstacle. It's illegal to sell camel milk.

But Gill and Nancy Riegler hope the U.S. Food and Drug Administration will change that one day.

For now, they focus on selling people on the milk's benefits.

They give tours of their dairy near San Diego and take their 22-camel herd on the road, doing fairs, private parties and school visits. And they sell soap made of the milk.

Some experts share the couple's enthusiasm over the health benefits of camel milk, but others say the animals aren't meant to be bulk milk producers.

A cow produces six or seven gallons of milk a day, while the Rieglers are lucky to get a gallon a day from a camel.

Copyright 2010 The Associated Press.

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