Raw Milk Regulation
These articles look at raw milk regulation in different countries in more detail. For a basic overview see the page Raw Milk Around the World.
There has never been a greater need to unshackle dairy farmers from the ban on raw milk. Australian consumers are demanding raw milk for health reasons. Industry and regulators need to sit down and work out a regulatory framework for Australia.
Change the rule mandating pasteurisation of all farm milk, as it has no scientific basis in public health and causes an unlevelled playing field. Australia's current dairy regulations benefit processors and retailers, while disadvantaging farmers and consumers.
FSANZ’s projections, which were not verified against real-world data, are still being used to justify a nationwide ban on raw cows’ milk in Australia.
Australia needs to modernise its dairy food regulations to legalise and regulate the sale of safe raw milk to satisfy the existing consumer demand. The recent punitive measures taken by state governments against dairy farmers to prevent the sale of raw milk are counter-productive and will encourage a black market with its inherent problems.
Systems that fail to identify all of the commonly known potential risks are common. Whatever steps system architects take have far-reaching consequences. It is necessary for decisions and alterations to be weighed and evaluated with the most careful and wisest of judgements.
Raw milk supporters have been writing to us in recent months asking about the availability of Cleopatra’s in New South Wales. It seems the raw dairy products that had been available on and off for over a decade, have now again disappeared from store shelves in NSW.
Australian food authorities announced strict new import controls on all imported raw milk cheese, and the only one 'officially' recognised as permitted for sale seem to be Roquefort.
The raw milk movement has learnt many lessons in the last few years. What is normal for the industrial dairy industry cannot automatically be accepted as normal for raw drinking milk (RDM) production.
On the 3rd of May 2018 dairy farmers who produce raw drinking milk (RDM) met with the FSA with the aim of working together to ensure the continued sale and appropriate controls for the sale of RDM.
Raw milk consumption in the UK has increased a lot in the past year according to a survey. Most said they drink it because they believed in the health benefits. Some have a huge problem with this.
A sixth person has died from listeriosis linked to contaminated rockmelon and a Victorian woman had a miscarriage linked to the outbreak. The nationwide total of people affected remains at 19.
SOPs allow the raw dairy business owner to put all of the elements needed in a format that is easy to understand and farmer-friendly. It makes it easier for new staff to learn and follow instructions as well.
Sustainable farming is under pressure, however farmers keep farming because they get immense satisfaction from being in harmony with nature. Customers love the nutrient-dense food they provide.
The Raw Milk Institute was founded in 2010 to develop and provide raw milk food safety standards, farmer education and farmer-to-farmer mentoring. RAWMI is a nonprofit organisation with a board that includes raw milk producers, PhD veterinarians and researchers from around the world.
Wise Traditions speaks to Pete Kennedy, lawyer and defender of food freedom about the raw milk movement in the U.S. He explains the history, what's left to be done, and what we can do to be a part of it.
In many farming communities it is accepted that raw milk is a beneficial food. Even research show that farmers and their children enjoy protection from asthma and allergies due to raw milk consumption.
This family allowed us a peek into their lives and how they converted from producing milk to the processor to raw milk. Eleven years on there are 70 animals on the farm producing 350 gallons of raw milk per day.
This farm in England installed a raw milk vending machine after a hard couple of years for farmers and hopes to sell at least 50 litres a day to top up what they had lost in recent years.
The British Columbia Herdshare Association is a non-profit society serving the herdshare community of British Colombia through providing support, education, and advocacy. They are doing some very inspirational work.
Smiling Tree Farm micro-dairy have a small herd of only 7 Jersey cows who are grazed all year round on organically grown pasture. They eat grass, clover, wildflowers and a diverse mixture of highly nutritious herbs.
This was a recent response written to a concerned doctor regarding raw milk consumption. It was written by Mark McAfee who is the CEO at Organic Pastures dairy in Fresno, California.
Consumers compare dignified systems supporting family farmers overseas to the absurd behaviours seen here. Rules should focus on creating quality control, not on regulating the raw product out of viability.
As a farmer-friendly tool, the RAMP plan assures that, “from grass to glass,” risks have been identified, explained, and are continually managed. Farmers can feel confident that they are producing a safe product.
In England there is legislation to support smaller dairy farmers in producing premium raw milk from healthy, grass-fed cows to mitigate risk. ARMM calls on the Australian government to install similar legislation to save small family farms affected by the current dairy crisis.
There have been a lot of buzz in the last four weeks about Raw Milk in Australia. The ABC interviewed raw milk producer Mark Tyler from Moo View Farm and produced this story for The Business that aired 28 March 2016.
FSANZ’s projections, which were not verified against real-world data, are still being used to justify a nationwide ban on raw cows’ milk in Australia. ARMM recommends that FSANZ withdraw its flawed risk assessment, and replace it with broader safety studies like those done by FSA.
RAW MILK producers Stephen and Phil Hook came to Australia for a few days for the screening of the documentary film, The Moo Man, as part of the Melbourne Food and Wine festival.
New Raw milk regulations take effect today 1 March 2016 in New Zealand. Based on the information from the Ministry for Primary Industries', Food Safety.govt.nz and Beehive.govt.nz websites (links at the bottom of the this blogpost), here is a summary of what the new regulations generally mean for the consumer.
Find out more about safe raw milk production Standards and the current Canadian and International laws that surround it. This is a suitable conversation for producers, scientists, politicians and consumers alike.
When the Crickmores of Fen Farm Dairy first considered diversifying with Raw Milk vending machines, it was conceived as risky and people said they were mad. They brought in the first vending machine from Italy and now they are the UK representatives for the Italian vending machine company, DF Italia. They are also helping others get a better price for their milk.
We invite and encourage Health officials, agriculture officials and Food Safety officials to watch the free videos from this year's Raw Milk Symposium...
Charlotte Smith didn't know what raw milk really was 9 years ago when a friend suggested she try it for her children who suffered from severe eczema...
Last year on 28 December 2014, new Victorian Minister of Consumer Affairs Jane Garrett announced that a bitter, gag inducing agent be included in all raw milk for sale in Victoria...
This blogpost contains the link to the videos of this year's Raw Milk Symposium. As part of ARMM's ongoing education about Raw Milk, here is a summary with time markers of Mark's video in particular...