News & Resources
10 October 2018: Representatives from the RMPA (Jonny Crickmore, Christine Page and Bronwen Percival) met with FSA representatives from the Policy making team and Field Operations for RDM. This was the first official meeting with the FSA since the formation of the RMPA and it was incredibly encouraging, with open and honest discussions. It was clear that we all want the same outcome of a flourishing, safe RDM sector where producers understand the risks and have the resources and training to implement effective and proportionate controls for their business.
12 June 2018: The results of the consumer survey, which elicited 2,710 submitted responses and over 100,000 words in comments from consumers to the free text questions 6 and 18. The survey report and all the comments are available below:
Answers to Q6 asking about consumer awareness of the possible risk (1,940 respondents - 71% - wrote 50,000 words)
Answers to Q18 asking about consumer choice to buy raw milk (1,775 respondents - 65% - wrote 55,000 words)
Our thanks to all the consumers for their prolific and articulate responses. We also extend our thanks to Food Solutions for their work in undertaking this survey on a pro bono basis. Whilst representatives of the RMPA assisted in defining the questions, the consolidation of the answers and the writing of the report was undertaken entirely by Food Solutions without any input from the RMPA.
8 June 2018: Raw milk producer representatives met with the FSA to review progress of the association and discuss the papers for the next FSA Board meeting on 20 June.
7 May 2018:
Currently the following are our main priorities:
Constructively working with the FSA on their current review of controls of raw milk production and sale
Putting together guidelines & recommendations for a raw milk testing regime, including pathogen testing.
Development of a Code of Best Practice. This is an in-depth document covering all aspects of the production and sale of raw milk. A comparative example can be seen here as applied to the production specialist cheese. All members of the Raw Milk Producers Group will get a copy of the Raw Milk Code of Best Practice.
Considering benefits of membership - see the Membership page for more details.
Running a Consumer Survey - please encourage your raw milk consumers to complete the survey.
Looking at the best structure to establish the producers group.
Please get in touch if you have other suggestions or ideas. We also need to raise funds to support this work. If you have experience of funding applications or knowledge of possible grants that might support our work, please contact us.
Raw Milk Producer day 3 May 2018
Link to the filmed presentations of the producer day with the FSA, held at the NFU: here.
Many questions were asked on the day that we did not have time to answer, so attached those answers: Question & Answer document.
Scientific Studies on Raw Milk
A detailed paper on The Benefits and Risks Associated with the Consumption of Raw Drinking Milk
Papers below from Jayne Hickenbotham's talk on microbiology:
Factors which may reduce or increase risk of pathogen contamination in raw milk
Salmonella & e Coli
Salmonellae spp & pathogenic e Coli (eg VTEC O157, STEC) - examples of preventative measures
Coliform & pathogenic e Coli - examples of characteristics
Salmonellae - examples of characteristics