New crackdown on raw milk product
THE Prime Minister of Australia consumes unpasteurised milk products, but it is allegedly an offence for a Maleny shop assistant to admit to doing so, according to Goomboorian dairy farmer Trevor Mahaffey.
Mr Mahaffey was commenting on Queensland Health moves to prosecute the Maleny Maple Street Co-op over the sale of Mr Mahaffey’s raw milk.
“I never thought a government department would come into a shop undercover with the intent to entrap staff and prosecute the business,” Co-op manger Karen Syrmis said yesterday.
“We have not broken any laws under the Food Act,” she said.
“All shops have been very careful not to say it’s for human consumption,” Mr Mahaffey said of his Cleopatra’s Bath Milk product, which he sells all across Australia and also exports to Singapore.
“It’s only when they go into the shop and stand over a 16 or 17-year-old girl who hasn’t yet got the strength to stand up to them or the wisdom to realise it’s a trick.
“They reckon she said, ‘Well, I drink it’ and they call that promoting it for human consumption.
“Kevin Rudd and his wife eat French cheese made from raw milk, but you’re not allowed to make it in Queensland.
“It’s not an issue of raw milk, it’s an issue of free choice and free speech,” he said.
Ms Syrmis said the Co-op “prides itself on compliance and its relationship with government departments” .
“Some have thanked us for being welcoming and helpful,” she said.