“The proposal to ban unpasteurised cow’s milk is due to a lack of understanding of its myriad benefits.
IN IRELAND, we produce the best milk in the world, along with the best farmhouse cheeses and, of course, the best beef.
And our bureaucratic scientists want to stop us enjoying that good milk, the mother’s milk of the land.
The Food Safety Authority of Ireland (FSAI) has proposed that the sale of unpasteurised milk should be banned completely. It does not favour regulation, it favours a total ban.
Now, why would it do that? After all, finding raw milk in Ireland is difficult, with only a few producers bottling their lovely product. I bought and enjoyed a glass-bottled litre from Aidan Harney’s Ballymore Farm recently. It was utterly delicious and I’m still standing, so why does the FSAI want to protect me from myself?
The FSAI argues that raw milk can contain a low level of pathogens “that can be harmful to humans”, says the authority’s director, Dr Alan Reilly. Hence the decision to recommend to the Minister for Agriculture that he ban the sale of raw milk completely.
This doesn’t go far enough, at all.
If we are serious about protecting those at risk in our society from the dangers of raw milk, it is essential that we act at once to ban the act of breastfeeding.
This cruel and unusual ritual sees newborn babies exposed to the dangers of raw milk. And not just on a daily basis, but often several times a day. And even at night!
What sort of society are we that such a barbaric act is not just tolerated, but is even encouraged by those whose job it is to advise us on the best course to maintain infant health?
To think that, in the very bosom of the family, such pernicious deeds are being perpetuated, and even encouraged, is enough to make one doubt one’s own sanity. Or at least to doubt the wisdom of those whose job it is to advise the Government on health policy.
Minister for Health James Reilly must act immediately and punishments for breastfeeding should be severe, with extra opprobrium heaped upon those who dare to breastfeed in flagrante. If crying infants have to be plucked from the nipple and removed from their shameless mothers to a place of safety, so be it.
I’m joking, of course. But the FSAI isn’t, and that’s the problem. Scientific analysis frequently lacks even the remotest touch of common sense, and it certainly lacks any sense of culture.
Several years ago, Peter Ward, the celebrated grocer from Nenagh, told an audience at the Kinsale Food Forum that, in Ireland, “We have milk in our blood”.
Not if the FSAI can do anything about it.
So how have we gotten to an endgame where the regulatory branch of the Government is advising against regulation of a tiny micro-industry, and instead is calling for an absolute ban that overrides our rights as consumers to decide what we want to eat and drink?…”