Posted by mooBlogger on November 18, 2011
If you read Peter’s raw milk post you will know that the Food Safety Team at the Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry (MAF) are seeking comment from the public on “Proposals for continuing to legally provide for farm gate sales of raw drinking milk”. It is important for anyone who wants to secure the future supply of raw milk in New Zealand to make a submission. I have summarized what I think are the important points in the document here.
(1) MAF has become increasingly aware of non-compliant activities that do not meet the requirements of section 11A of the Food Act or the intent of this section. These activities include ‘raw milk clubs’ where consumers order and buy milk from a dairy farmer over the internet or phone, and the farmer then has the milk delivered to a pick up point from which consumers collect their purchase.
(2) There is no proposal to prohibit the sale of all raw drinking milk. Farm gate sales of raw milk are a long standing tradition and current and previous Ministers for Food Safety have stated that they will be provided for into the future, in some form.
(3) Providing for the sale of raw milk for drinking on a more commercial scale is not considered appropriate at this time.
(4) Dairy farmers are required to operate under a Risk Management Plan (RMP) in order to sell raw milk at the farm gate however MAF is not aware of any practical or cost effective way of managing the food safety risks associated with raw drinking milk. Effectively MAF knows of no way to meet their own requirements for selling raw milk at the farm gate under current regulations.
(5) MAF have provided 3 options to consider for the future:-
Maintain the current position. This would effectively stop the sale of raw milk at the farm gate until a RMP was developed that could satisfy MAF that the food safety risks of raw milk could be effectively managed.
Make limited amendments to conditions of sale and retain the requirement for an RMP. Irrespective of the amendments the requirement for a RMP would effectively stop the sale of raw milk as in Option 1.
Option 3 (MAF’s preferred option – also my preferred option)
- Only dairy farmers can sell raw milk, only from the farm gate with a limit of 120 litres per day.
- Limit to 6 litres per purchaser.
- Farmers will not be required to operate under a RMP.
- Only dairy farmers with TB free herds can sell raw drinking milk.
- Dairy farmers must keep records of who raw milk is sold to, how much is sold and when.
- Dairy farmers will be required to follow hygienic milking.
Option 3 is the only viable option in my opinion, however there should be a few amendments. The 6 litre limit is too low; it should be at least 10 litres. There are many families I know that consume 8-10 litres of milk in one week. I also know there are a lot of people who take turns to collect milk for each other. All of them visit the farm to collect milk, just not every week. Under option 3 that would be illegal but I can’t see any problem with it. The farmer could still record the names of the people who will consume the milk along with the name of the person who collects it on their behalf.
I encourage everyone who consumes or may want to consume raw milk to send a submission to MAF. Be sure to include your name and address, a little bit about your raw milk consumption now and what you would like to see happen in the future. Submissions close on 5the December 2011.
Send by email to:
or mail to:
Food Policy Team
Biosecurity & Food Directorate
Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry
PO Box 2526
Here is a link to the original document: