Australian Firm Develops Method To Sell ‘Raw Milk’

Tuesday, June 14th, 2016 | 591 Views

Sydney-based company Made by Cow has obtained the approval of the New South Wales Food Authority to sell a bottled ‘cold-pressed raw milk’ that uses cold pressure as an alternative to the conventional heat pasteurisation.

With this move, the food regulator has deemed cold pressure to be an effective method for killing harmful bacteria in unpasteurised milk. The product will be available in health stores in Australia.

Company founder Saxon Joye said the product—sourced from a single, carefully managed jersey herd—was still raw and retained the nutrients usually affected by heat. Although the NSW Food Authority has said that the product is not raw milk. The method involves herding management and hygienic milking practices and is bottled straight from the cow before being compressed by water. “It is a highly processed product using a method known as High Pressure Processing (HPP) to process the milk. HPP is the use of high hydrostatic pressure to destroy harmful microorganisms in food,” a spokesperson from the regulator said.

Made by Cow worked with food authority “for more than a year” to ensure that the product was free from the pathogens that are usually present in raw milk, and which pose a serious threat to humans.

“Good herd management, hygienic milking techniques and the cold-pressure method have meant we can put 100 percent safe, raw milk onto supermarket shelves,” Mr Joye was quoted as saying by The Sydney Morning Herald.