The Food Standards Agency (FSA) has tightened the controls it expects to see in the production of raw drinking milk in England and Wales.
Raw drinking milk is not pasteurised, the process that kills off harmful bacteria, and instead goes straight from the animal to the bottle. The raw drinking milk guidance document has been developed in response to an increase in raw drinking milk sales in recent years, alongside an increase in outbreaks of illness related to this product.
The guidance outlines the safety measures raw drinking milk producers must follow. They are legally required to devise and implement a safety system, assessing issues which may affect the safety of their product, and identify controls to stop such problems arising.
The guidance, which will be applied from 1 April 2020, does not extend to dairy products made using raw drinking milk.
FSA advice remains that pregnant women, infants and small children, elderly people, and those with weaker immune systems caused by health problems, should not consume raw drinking milk.
Source: FSA, 5 March 2020