A campaign to legalize raw cow’s milk has found Far North Queensland support but health authorities have warned it is unfit for human consumption.
Chief Health Officer Dr Jeannette Young has warned raw milk isn’t fit for human consumption.
“People who consume unpasteurized milk are at increased risk of infection due to dangerous bacteria such as salmonella, E. coli and listeria, which are capable of causing severe illness and potentially death,” she said.
“All unpasteurised milk products in Australia are required to be labelled with a statement to the effect that the product has not been pasteurized and is not for human consumption.”
Raw milk is sold as bath milk at health stores such as The Healthy Hub in Cairns, where a two-litre bottle fetches $11.50.
Meanwhile, New Zealand food safety minister Jo Goodhew is making no apologies for tough new regulations for raw milk producers.
Mrs. Goodhew said new rules simply brought the milk into line with other products being sold to the public for consumption, and aimed to keep people safe.
“It does only put these producers on a par with other food producers who sell high-risk products such as, for instance, shellfish.”