Should Fresh Milk Should Make Way for Long-Life?

UK - Plans to switch 90 per cent of milk supplies to long-life UHT have been put forward by Government officials.
calendar icon 16 October 2007
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DEFRA's proposal to switch 90 per cent of milk supplies to long-life UHT is intended to cut carbon emissions

They claim the move would help curb carbon emissions by cutting down on waste and by reducing the need for refrigeration.

The idea was savaged by farmers yesterday. Jim Begg, of industry group Dairy UK, said many consumers preferred the taste of fresh milk.

"UHT is not a new product, consumers can decide for themselves whether they want to buy it," he added.

"To move in such a dramatic way seems a little bit odd. No evidence has been produced to support this."

Gwyn Jones, a West Sussex farmer and chairman of the National Farmers' Union dairy board, said: "To suggest that consumers should be forced to change their drinking habits to UHT is preposterous."

The Daily Mail revealed in May that DEFRA - the Department for the Environment, Food and Regional Affairs - has been considering promoting a switch away from meat and milk.


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