Critics call for raw milk rethink

LEADING Irish food critics, restaurant chains and farming bodies have called on the Government to drop plans to ban the sale of raw milk due to safety concerns.

In a statement last night, the Campaign for Raw Milk Ireland (CRMI) said despite long-standing arguments put forward by the Food Safety Authority of Ireland (FSAI), the ban should be blocked as it is “draconian” and not supported by the public.

The pressure group includes TV food aficionados Tom Doorley, Donal Skehan and Darina Allen, representatives of up-market restaurants L’Ecrivain and Chapter One, farmers and raw milk producers.

“The CRMI are calling for the Government to cease their current plans for a draconian outright ban and take the time to consider other options available in the form of regulation of the raw milk industry in Ireland,” the statement read.

“We believe that everyone has a right to choose to drink one of Ireland’s premium products which has a rightfully esteemed place in our food heritage.

“Informed consumers should have the right to decide for themselves what they eat and drink.

“Given the existing consumer demand for raw milk, we believe that it is inevitable that sales of raw milk on some level will continue despite any ban.

“A complete lack of regulation poses a far greater danger to public health than would an educated system of regulations,” it added.

The move to ban the sale of raw milk is based on advice from the FSAI, which has said the product is potentially dangerous to the public.

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