Raw milk is a lot safer consumed straight from the cow than when it's stored and transported. Breastmilk is safe... But can you imagine bottling it up, having it sit on shop shelves for days, then having it at home in the fridge for days while you use a bit at a time? The microbes multiply, and that's the whole point of pasteurization... To reduce the microbe level to a point where it'll be safe to drink for a longer period.
It cannot be done here. The distance - and therefore time - between where the milk is produced, bottled, distributed to the shops and eventually purchased are simply too great to allow for the safe sale of raw milk.
How can you say it cannot be done here due to distance? We couldn't have a maximum of distance between farm and distribution and go with that? Obviously only selling raw milk from farm shops and stalls etc could be a goer.
Raw milk is sold safely and legally in New Zealand, Europe and states in America so I don't see what makes Australia an impossibility.
DH is an ex dairy farmer & his family drank raw milk from their own cows. However he now works in animal health and would never drink unpasteurised milk from a commercial dairy. Apparently it's minimal risk drinking unpasteurised milk on the day it's milked, when you know how it's been stored/transported, but it's a whole other story drinking unpasteurised milk that's from a 500 head herd, been stored in vats, transported large distance etc. Just too much chance for contamination.
Also the milk powder thing is apparently because we as consumers demand a consistent product. So when it arrives at the processing plant it gets tested for fat content etc and adjusted to a standard (with milk powder) because that's what consumers demand. If this wasn't done there would be seasonal variation in the flavour of milk, which doesn't work for the mass market.
We've never bought generic brand milk - DH would tip it down the sink if I brought it home! He'd rather go without.
rosey82 seems to have answered that for me exactly
distance is a problem purely because of the time (and therefore storage requirements) required. If you are selling raw milk that is produced in inland Victoria in Melbourne or Sydney supermarkets, it takes time to get it from the cow to processing/bottling plant, to the wharehouse for distribution and then to the supermarket ... and raw milk simply does not store safely.
And that doesnt even start to address the herd hygene or milking hygene issues.
Even in NZ where raw milk can be sold (and the sale of such is under strict conditions and heavily regulated) - the govt recommends boiling it before drinking ...
anyway - is a bit off topic but I dont want people to think that raw milk is healthier
I actually support the move away from generic milk and supporting farmers 100%. I just want to point out that while you or I could absorb that, some families can't.
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