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Brown abandons green top ban

13 January 1999
Brown abandons green top ban

AGRICULTURE Minister Nick Brown has abandoned plans to ban the sale of unpasteurised milk, despite concerns that it could contain harmful bacteria …more…
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Brown abandons green top ban

13 January 1999
Brown abandons green top ban

AGRICULTURE Minister Nick Brown has abandoned plans to ban the sale of unpasteurised milk, despite concerns that it could contain harmful bacteria.

Mr Brown said risks from drinking “green top” milk, which forms some 1% of total milk sales, did not justify removing the right of consumers to buy it.

But the Government is expected to impose tougher conditions on raw milk production, including more frequent hygiene tests.

Untreated milk has been banned for sale in Scotland since 1983. It is sold in England and Wales carrying a health warning.

The Chartered Institute of Environmental Health criticised the decision not to impose a ban, which was first proposed in November 1997.

Advisory Committee on the Microbiological Safety of Food research has found food poisoning pathogens in raw cows milk and “substantial” evidence of faecal contamination.

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