Proposal to allow production and sale of raw milk products in Australia

  • December 9, 2013
  • Sophie Langley

Food Standards Australia New Zealand (FSANZ) has called for submissions on a proposal that will permit production and sale of an increased range of raw milk products in Australia.

FSANZ said that, if approved, the proposal would see requirements for raw milk products introduced into the Food Standards Code.

“Under the current Food Standards Code only certain types of raw milk products (hard to very hard cooked curd cheeses) are permitted and permissions for other types of products can be granted by application,” said Steve McCutcheon, FSANZ Chief Executive Officer.

“FSANZ is now assessing requirements that would permit additional raw milk products, as long as certain through-chain measures are in place to ensure safety,” Mr McCutcheon said. “Businesses would have to demonstrate to enforcement agencies that these measures are being effectively implemented,” he said.

Australian Food News reported in May 2012 that FSANZ had not previously recommended that other raw milk cheeses be allowed, and had concluded that other raw milk cheeses and raw drinking milk presented too high a risk to consider any permission in the Code.

However, FSANZ has now said that guidance material was being developed to support the proposed requirements and was available for consultation. FSANZ said it invited submissions from government agencies, public health professionals, industry and the community.

The closing date for submissions is 10 January 2014.

Proposal to allow production and sale of raw milk products in Australia


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25 Responses to “Proposal to allow production and sale of raw milk products in Australia”

  1. Janete davenport on December 11th, 2013 7:12 am

    bring it on…we need real milk available to all. milk in its raw state is full of healthy vitamins and minerals and all the things we need to be really healthy…as soon as it is adulterated it has lost this and is only kust a colouring…there is nothing good left in it!! we should ot have to go to great lenghts to be able to buy raw milk….for bathing….we are adults who are intelligent enough to be able to make these choices for purself!!!

  2. Alexander Cranford on December 11th, 2013 10:33 am

    I say allow and clear labelling.

  3. Jo Brittain on December 11th, 2013 5:16 pm

    Pleeeeaaasee allow this to be approved as the likelihood of health issues due to drinking Raw/ unprocessed milk is so minimal compared to the health issues incurred by processed foods on supermarket shelves & Processed meats & “Diet Soft Drinks .

    All For RAW MILK !!!!!!

  4. Evvalynn Vanderpoel on December 12th, 2013 2:02 pm

    I can personally attest to the health benefits of raw milk. From an early age I demonstrated an allergy to pasteurized milk. Only on the odd occasion when my mother was able to get farm fresh milk I showed no allergic/intolerant symptoms.

    This past few years my whole family’s health has improved: digestion, skin tone, calcium absorbtion etc.

    Please allow the general public to have a choice in the matter. Our health would improve, the farmers would get a fair price for their milk and we would all benefit. Thank you.

  5. Terry on December 12th, 2013 5:07 pm

    I would like this to be approved. Appropriate labelling would provide safety for all.

  6. Cris Geri on December 12th, 2013 6:01 pm

    Good one Janete! It may well be the case that pasteurised milk is the dangerous type. Funny thing cats are lactose intolerant, but our cats do very well on raw milk.
    Old famers killed snakes by enticing them with raw milk and after a few days feeding cooked a batch before feeding to kill the serpents. Just maybe processed milk is dangerous.

  7. Madonna Woodward on December 12th, 2013 6:30 pm

    The general public is more aware and educated these days to the benefit of fresh food products that have minimal processing. Raw milk has so many more goodies in it that would benefit our population and particularly our children. Our parents and grandparents grew up on it and were all perfectly healthy. We are fortunate to live on a farm and have been drinking raw milk for the last 8 years with only beneficial results. As long as good hygiene is involved (and that applies to any food) there is very little risk, and most diseases that were originally associated with raw milk consumption (and again, lack of hygiene) are now not in this country.

  8. heather sweeney on December 12th, 2013 9:10 pm

    Allow me to decide whether to purchase RAW milk, unpasturised & unhomoginised or not! . I want real milk, not tampered with or modified, I want the real deal.. MILK, nothing more and nothing less, just MILK, give me REAL MILK!!! Bring back REAL milk, NOW, no more forced treatment of our milk.
    MWAH xxx

  9. Richard Barrett on December 13th, 2013 11:47 am

    Glad to hear that Australia is proposing to somehow make available Fresh Unpasteurized Whole Milk to Consumers. They should consider adopting the high safety standards which The Raw Milk Institute Certification has in the United States and Canada. Please make these standards known in Australia.

  10. Bianca Gobo on December 13th, 2013 3:03 pm


  11. Cathy Mifsud on December 13th, 2013 7:06 pm

    Please allow the sale of raw milk. So many of us who cannot tolerate the processed milks thrive on raw. It’s also incredible hypocritical too, when there’s poisonous toxic foods including GMO’s readily available.
    Please legalize raw milk sales, we are all drinking it anyway!

  12. Chiara Middleton on December 13th, 2013 7:27 pm

    I’m a personal trainer and for years I have been dreaming of being able to drink fresh beautiful raw milk and eating raw milk products like cream and cheese – problem is to do it I’d have to own a cow and make it myself. I say educate people on the whys for and against pasteurisation and homogenisation and let them weigh up what they want to risk – personally I’ll take the unadulterated milk and all it has to offer. I’d be far more unhappy being sold a product that was contaminated, pasteurised and sold to me anyway than if I bought a raw product and got sick – not that I think I would, it’s much easier to tell if raw milk is off than pasteurised milk.

  13. Christine on December 14th, 2013 6:53 am

    I think it’s just fantastic that the FSANZ are going to take another look. I believe my son will benefit tremendously from being able to drink raw milk.

    I really, really hope this passes.

  14. Shane Woods on December 14th, 2013 12:37 pm

    Good, raw milk produced cheeses, real flavour and no health problems. we, as a nation are being ‘hoodwinked’ into thinking that stripping all the goodness from milk and selling the end product (coloured water) is healthy and good for us.

    But, I fear this is more to do with the TPPA than any move to allow healthy foods.

    Oh! you don’t know what TPPA is? then I suggest at the very least, google it!

  15. Heather Dale on December 18th, 2013 10:09 am

    Yes please, back to the way it should be. In addition, probably more $’s into the the poor old dairyman’s pocket has to be encouraged.

  16. Kathleen O'Keeffe on January 1st, 2014 12:22 am

    We should be allowed raw milk from people who want to supply it from the right environments, people who care for their cows and how they bring the milk to you thank you

  17. Sam Venn on January 2nd, 2014 4:54 pm

    I would love to have raw milk more readily accessible as well as other raw products. We currently buy off a farm and I’m happy shopping that way. The concerns I have of increased accessibility are 1) shoppers who choose this will be charged more money by greedy corporates jumping on a new band wagon ie: look at gluten free, vegan or vegetarian products; and 2) the products need to be incredibly well labelled including sprays. One of the reasons we buy milk from where we do is we know the farmers and trust their holistic and homeopathic practices with their farm and their animals. Buying via a store or ‘community milk machine’ (as has been introduced near us in NZ) looses a level of confidence and comfort in the product. I don’t want a product from a cow that has been over medicated and eats sprayed pasture.

  18. Barbara Coles on January 2nd, 2014 5:56 pm

    Yes, please. Raw milk is great and healthy. I can’t drink or eat pasteurised and/or homogenised milk and milk products as seem sensitive or allergic to them. But don’t have this with raw milk. Great news the FSANZ is going to take another look at this.

  19. Pat Heaton on January 2nd, 2014 7:15 pm

    I would love to be able to purchase Raw Milk in NZ. The benefits are too numerous to mention, it no longer needs to be pasteurised & homogenised until it is a ‘dead’ product.
    We are more educated today on health & nutrition & should be given the ‘choice’ to purchase unprocessed foods & milk. Rather than believe all the hype marketing, that lines the pockets of the unscrupulous few.
    Far more people die every year from the side effects of Big Pharma dugs, than would ever die or get sick from healthy raw milk.

  20. Ian Gregson on January 3rd, 2014 8:15 am

    Natural raw milk in moderation is a superfood, but pasteurised milk is highly processed and denatured. Pasteurised milk has been linked to a wide range of degenerative diseases, and is best avoided.

    Often referred to as “raw milk”, sometimes as “real milk” this is milk as it has been consumed for many thousands of years, and still is in most parts of the world. New Zealand (along with Australia, Canada, and some US states) is one of a very small number of countries that restrict the sale of natural milk products.

  21. Julia McKay on January 4th, 2014 10:49 am

    If raw milk is handled hygienically and tested for coliforms regularly, it is as safe (if not safer) than the pasteurised product. It is all a matter of expertise on the part of the farmer, bottler and distributor. Similarly, yoghurt, ice cream, cheese and butter are able to be produced safely from raw milk. I supply a number of herdsharers and make no specific health claims about my milk, BUT we all agree that it tastes better. Many of them swear that they have seen improvements in their health (particularly the children). Having grown up on raw milk – at home and at school – I have no fear of drinking it and believe that we should be allowed to supply locally at least.

  22. Jess on January 6th, 2014 11:49 am

    After spending 6wks in the USA & eatting only raw dairy products I’ve personally noticed a difference in my families & my health. Such incredible results in such a short time period. Please allow RAW products to be freely sold in Australia. So many people, including those like my son who can’t have processed dairy will benefit. Thank you

  23. Cath on January 6th, 2014 4:52 pm

    I have found raw milk to be so much better than processed. I really appreciate beng able to get it and its worth the extra stop in the day to get it .Big yes please to freeing up this for people. We need to reduce drastically the amount of processed food we eat. I agree tho that we need to be able to know that the cows are healthy and reasonably organic

  24. Jeanine on January 6th, 2014 7:30 pm

    Time for natural products to be restored to the consumer for health benefits. Please allow raw milk products to be freely sold in Australia. The health of our children will benefit enormously.

  25. Tatiana Maya on January 8th, 2014 4:21 pm

    Hi all, if you don’t have time to submit your comment directly, maybe you can sign my petition which will be added to my submission!! Only two days left!!

    My main arguments are 1) That in the same way we are allowed to smoke, eat and drink all sorts of things and they are readily available in supermarkets, we should be allowed the freedom to choose what version of milk to purchase. And 2) that under some conditions and if appropriate regulations are put in place, raw milk for drinking and raw cream for direct consumption is as safe if not safer and more nutritious than its pasteurized version.

    If you agree and would like to support the effort, I’d like to invite you to sign the petition here. You’ll find extra info about the petition and details about milk like the article below from which I have got this interesting statement:

    “Upon his deathbed, Louis Pasteur admitted his theory was not entirely correct. Instead, he conceded that physiologist Claude Bernard had it right.

    Bernard said that microbes do exist, but that “terrain is everything.”

    “Terrain” refers to your body, and his theory means that it’s not the microbes that determine whether or not you get sick, it’s the health of the body in which they exist.

    To prove his theory, Bernard reportedly then drank a glass of water filled with cholera to show that the germs wouldn’t make him sick.”

    To sign the petition and read all the info click here