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New Proposals for Raw Drinking Milk

24 October 2011

NEW ZEALAND - The Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry (MAF) is reviewing the requirements that allow for the sale of raw drinking milk from the farm gate, and is seeking submissions from all interested parties on the options set out in the paper.

Section 11A of the Food Act allows dairy farmers to sell a maximum of five litres from their farm to people who intend to consume it themselves or give it to their family.

Dairy farmers undertaking farm gate sales are also required to operate under a risk management programme under the Animal Products Act that specifically covers the risks associated with this activity.

The consultation document outlines a range of options developed by MAF that would provide for farm gate sales of raw drinking milk and would address interpretation and enforcement issues with the current legislation.

You can make a submission (by post, email or fax) before the closing date.

MAF Food Safety analyses all submissions and considers how they might be included in final decisions.

MAF Food Safety periodically asks for feedback on food safety issues that affect consumers and the food industry.

Proposals for continuing to legally provide for farm gate sales of raw drinking milk (193 KB PDF)

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