The UK Food Standards Agency has published a consultation document setting out proposals for controls on the sale of raw milk taking into account the new routes of sale that have developed in recent years.
The Agency is proposing that the controls remain largely unchanged. Farmers would continue to be allowed to sell unpasteurised raw milk directly to consumers at the farm and from stalls at farmer’s markets, and would also be able to sell it directly through vending machines in farm shops and via the internet. However, wider sales through retailers would continue to be banned.
The Agency explains that, despite its view that pasteurisation is the best way to control health risks from raw milk, there is consumer demand for the product and a complete ban on sales would not be appropriate. Responses to the consultation should be submitted by 30 April 2014.
The Consultation document can be found here.