“A total of 1685 submissions were received on the Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI’s) discussion paper: Proposals for continuing to legally provide for farm gate sales of raw drinking milk (discussion paper). Of these, 1663 were from the general public, two of which were petitions with multiple signatures. A further five submissions were from public health agencies, three were industry-related organisations, ten had identified themselves as farmers, two were interest groups, one was from an academic institution and one was a food safety auditor from a private company.
“The vast majority of submitters (1561) supported the continuation of raw drinking milk sales. The reasons given by submitters for drinking and using raw milk included the superior taste when compared to pasteurised milk, perceived health benefits, a desire to purchase an organic and natural product and the ability to support local, small businesses.
“Only 52 submitters clearly identified which of the options outlined in the discussion document they preferred. The reason for the low number was because most submitters had alternative approaches to those proposed. Of the 52 submitters who did identify an option, 45 supported option 3 (MPI’s preferred option) which was to make limited amendments to conditions of sale, exempt farmers from the requirement to operate under an RMP, and require that dairy farmers meet certain animal health and hygiene requirements. The remaining seven submitters supported option 1 which was to maintain the current legal position.
“Many submitters, including those who supported option 3 provided a number of suggested changes. These included:…”