The UK Food Standards Agency (FSA) is being asked to consider new proposals for the sale of raw, or unpasteurized, milk. These would include exploring the scope for wider access to raw milk, including limited sales from vending machines in shops, as well as changes to hygiene controls.
The proposals follow an extensive review of the current raw milk controls, in which a public consultation launched in January 2014, and found that the current controls are managing the potential risks associated with drinking raw milk. However, strong support exists from current consumers and producers for continued, wider and controlled access to raw milk.
Selling raw milk from vending machines placed in shops is currently not allowed, although they can be placed on farm premises. Subject to FSA Board agreement, the FSA the practicalities of vending machine sales in shops with raw milk producers, and any additional controls that might be required to ensure that the risks are being managed.
The proposals cover England, Wales, and Northern Ireland.