7 April 2000

Milk import lake

NEARLY 150m litres of milk – both raw and pasteurised – were imported into the UK last year, according to latest government figures.

In a parliamentary written answer junior agriculture minister Joyce Quinn said in 1999 112.7m litres of raw milk and 36m litres of pasteurised liquid drinking milk were imported.

The value of the milk is roughly equivalent to the £22m announced by the government as part of last weeks farm summit.

Most of the imports of raw milk were from the Republic of Ireland although small quantities were imported from Austria, Belgium, Denmark, and the Netherlands. Two-thirds of the drinking milk imported came from France and Germany.