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Public health warning : consumption of raw milk products

The NSW Food Authority warns all consumers not to drink raw or unpasteurised milk that is marketed as being for cosmetic use or as pet food as it is a potential health hazard.

Consuming any unpasteurised dairy products can have the potential to cause serious illness particularly in young children, pregnant women and the infirm and elderly people.


Killing dangerous pathogens by heating the milk through the process of pasteurisation is of vital importance and has minimal effect on its nutritional value or flavour.

Selling raw dairy products for human consumption is illegal in Australia as they can contain bacteria that is harmful to humans including Salmonella, Listeria and E.coli.

The Food Act provides for penalties of up to $275,000 for the sale of unpasteurised milk.


Source  :  NSW Food Authority, 11 December 2014