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