NMPF Comments on FDA's Raw Milk Cheese Assessment
On Nov. 2, NMPF submitted comments in response to FDA’s request for information on the assessment “Understanding Potential Intervention Measures To Reduce the Risk of Foodborne Illness From Consumption of Cheese Manufactured From Unpasteurized Milk.”
NMPF did not support finished product testing as a control measure, but did support the concept of a performance objective or performance standard for cheeses made from unpasteurized milk, and suggested criteria to evaluate intervention strategies or process controls. NMPF also supported clear labeling of cheeses made from unpasteurized milk, which could also include any specific technologies or intervention strategies (thermal or non-thermal) employed.
NMPF Joins IDFA in Opposing Bill Easing Restrictions on Raw Milk Sales in South Dakota
NMPF has joined the International Dairy Foods Association in opposing South Dakota SB 45, a bill that would further ease restrictions on the sale of unpasteurized milk in the state.
In a January 26 letter to the chairman of the Senate agriculture committee, the two groups noted that consumption of raw milk is a demonstrated public health risk and that no claim related to the health benefits of consuming raw milk has been substaiated in medical literature.
“While choice is an important value, it should not pre-empt consumers’ wellbeing,” the letter said. “To further ease the regulations surrounding the statewide sale or raw milk is an unnecessary risk to consumer safety. Therefore, we strongly urge you to oppose Senate Bill 45.”
NMPF Urges Members of Congress to Oppose Legislation Liberalizing Raw Milk Sales
Due to the significant public health risks associated with the consumption of raw milk, the National Milk Producers Federation is urging members of Congress to oppose HR 4307 and HR 4308, introduced in 2104 by Rep. Thomas Massie (KY‐04). These bills would remove existing federal regulations prohibiting the direct sale of raw milk, consumption of which has been opposed by every major health organization.
The letter, jointly submitted May 19th by NMPF and the Interational Dairy Foods Association, points out that consumption of raw milk is a demonstrated public health risk. The link between raw milk and foodborne illness has been well documented in the scientific literature, with evidence spanning nearly 100 years. In fact, the CDC concluded that unpasteurized milk was 150 times more likely to cause food‐borne illness outbreaks than pasteurized milk, and such outbreaks had a hospitalization rate 13 times higher than those involving pasteurized dairy products.