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Bit of a contradiction passing an EU law allowing consumer freedom in what they purchase but then prohibiting unpasteurised milk or cream. It's probably because raw milk from organic, grass fed cows is good for you but as there are so few operations that resemble a natural process these days then raw milk from cows on a diet of grain and/or GMO produce is probably toxic.

 

 

Nothing of the sort Lxxx, it's because raw milk has not been pasteurized to kill harmful bacteria, and can contain Salmonella, E.coli, and a ton of other illnesses.

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Bit of a contradiction passing an EU law allowing consumer freedom in what they purchase but then prohibiting unpasteurised milk or cream.

 

It's a very good example how local bureaucracies use the EU as an excuse to impose their own rules when it has nothing to do with it. The link Tarne showed above says:

 

All of the EC Regulations applied by the Order concern the hygiene of food and feedstuffs including original production, packaging, transport, presentation at the table and import or export. This legislation has been prepared not only to meet the Island's Protocol 3 requirements in terms of imports and exports, but also to ensure that the standards expected of Manx products are the same whether the product is intended for export or for the Manx consumer.

 

The EC legislation, by its very nature, is lengthy, highly technical and specifies to the smallest detail procedures to be followed and information obtained. However, in summary, 6 important changes to Manx law affecting anyone involved in the food business or related industry have been introduced:
[...] 5. a prohibition on the sale of raw milk and cream
which gives the impression that the ban was produced because of the EU (though if you read it very carefully it doesn't say so exactly). But even the most cursory investigation will show that
The European Union requires that raw milk and products made with raw milk must be labelled to indicate this. Under EU hygiene rules, member states can prohibit or restrict the placing on the market of raw milk intended for human consumption. Also, European countries are free to add certain requirements. Usually special sanitary regulations and frequent quality tests (at least once per month) are mandatory.

 

 

So such products have to be labelled as such (but as they carry a premium price, they almost certainly will be) and there needs to be testing to ensure there is no contamination. But if it is illegal that is entirely because of a decision of the Manx government, presumably not wanting independent producers to undermine the Creamery.

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But if it is illegal that is entirely because of a decision of the Manx government, presumably not wanting independent producers to undermine the Creamery.

 

Or they've misinterpreted the EU Regulation. Neither of which scenarios is great.

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The trouble with pasteurized milk is the billions of now dead bacteria setting up false positive reactions in our immune systems, a good part of the asthma/auto immune allergy epidemic our children and we are living through

 

Probably not. The Wiki article I linked to mentions some studies which appear to link raw milk consumption with lack of allergies, but points out that all these results come from using children who lived on farms (who are the most likely to drink it). So exposure to more allergens earlier in life from that seems a more likely explanation.

 

It does taste nicer though (or at least different) and you'd think it and especially the products made from it would provide a niche earner for the Manx farming industry, if as usual IOMG hadn't stopped it.

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Man arrested for possession of raw milk too small to whey.

 

(That didn't actually happen. I'm imagining a world in which drug dealers have been replaced by raw dairy dealing farmers.)

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Or they've misinterpreted the EU Regulation. Neither of which scenarios is great.

 

Given the fairly widespread availability of raw milk and its products not just in Continental Europe, but in England (though Scotland also has a ban), I don't really think ignorance can be the reason.

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I noticed they had some for sale in the shop in Ballaugh (SPAR?) a year or 2 ago and it was labelled for consumption by dogs only. Possibly exploiting the legal high loop hole but you could try them to see if they still stock it. I did consider buying some to make some cheese but I bottled it.

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Do grown dogs consume milk?

 

 

Anyway, I think this raw milk ban is possibly due to the tuberculosis thing which cows are susceptible to (it's the badgers you know)

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So it's to help local big business then and not because they have our safety at heart.

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