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.
Many long established food and farming systems are collapsing, and some of those who have long been demonising traditional meat and dairy, or envisioned more control of a valuable resource like the food supply, are racing in to capitalise.
We are currently in profound times of change, new paradigms, new ways of thinking and new ways of being. Old beliefs and illusions are dissolving and we are encouraged to transform on many layers. The consumer values and farming revolution is in progress.
The Ethical Farming Conference was recently held and we are sharing this information because there is great demand for resources on the subject of ethical farming, its definitions and how that relates to animal welfare.
We are now in a unique time in history where old systems are collapsing due to a lack of structural integrity and some innate dysfunctions. The failures of old systems are paving the way for new systems.
Hook and Son had their first ever positive TB reactor failing the skin test, and as a result they have lost their TB-free status and their ability to sell raw milk. The TB skin reactor test is the only test that currently determines a farmer’s TB-free status, says Steve.
The anti-raw milk propaganda campaigns that the media often blow out of proportion are clearly designed to shock people to the core and get them to drop seeking or drinking anything other than pasteurised milk.
The RMPA was launched today by a group of dairy farmers who currently produce and sell raw milk to consumers. They felt this was the right time to collaborate, and with the FSA, to ensure the new controls on raw milk production are proportionate and supportive.
In the last couple of years, structures, rules and authority around raw milk systems around the world, have been going through a deep transformational process, which is much needed. As a human collective, we need to identify and weed out dysfunctional elements.
Peg is a senior medical microbiologist and risk analyst who takes an interest in the raw milk movement. She has started her own blog with interesting information that will appeal to a varied audience, not just scientists.
‘Bath milk’ a very complicated issue in Australia. This subject has been shrouded in enigma for more than a decade, and is up for discussion again because of a thesis that was published earlier this month.
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.