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Call For Comment On Raw Milk Products Proposal

22 August 2011

AUSTRALIA - Food Standards Australia New Zealand (FSANZ) has called for a public comment on a report looking at permissions for raw milk products in Australia.

FSANZ Chief Executive Officer Steve McCutcheon said Proposal 1007 was looking at whether or not permission should be given for raw milk (non-pasteurised) products to be sold in Australia.

“The assessment of these products looked at what production and processing measures and product characteristics are needed to provide a high level of safety for consumers,” Mr McCutcheon said.

“In its second assessment report, FSANZ is seeking comment on its recommendation to permit non-pasteurised hard to very hard cooked curd cheeses. This will involve changes to the Food Standards Code relating to storage time and moisture content requirements.”

Mr McCutcheon said FSANZ would continue to look at permissions for other raw milk cheeses through a new proposal that will use technical work already completed through P1007.

“Other raw milk cheeses are being considered separately because a wider range of processing measures and product characteristics need to be considered."

“The assessment work for P1007 concluded that raw drinking milk presents too high a risk to consider any permission in the Code. In the new proposal, FSANZ will also be reviewing the current exemption that allows raw goat milk.”

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