The Minister for Food Safety (Jo Goodhew) has announced the
new rules for raw milk sales and this will stop delivery of raw milk for consumers to pick up from a
1. Raw milk can be sold by a farmer to a consumer
in unlimited quantities.
2. The consumer cannot on-sell the milk.
3. Farm pick-up is allowed but
NOT DROP OFF/COLLECTION POINTS.
4. Home deliveries by the farmer to the consumer is
Point 3 above would exclude a lot of raw milk suppliers and this would hurt a number of small farmers/dairies. The Raw Milk Producers Association of NZ, has met with the Minister and it is clear that drop-off points are not
Being a consumer we want to
reverse this line of thinking.
The draft legislation goes to cabinet on 18 November 2015
and will come into effect on 1 March 2016.
We do not believe that collection points would result in increased illness. We do not want the option taken away that allows us to obtain a whole real food from a collection point where many consumers have been safely doing for years. Taking away this option will stop access to raw milk for many consumers.
If the government has
concerns about collection points in retail businesses, then we suggest allowing
collection points on private properties away from retail outlets.