Just noticed this: npr.org/templates/story/stor … Id=4230005
Apparently it is illegal in the States to sell unpastuerised milk or cheese made with it.
I am told the EU is trying to foist this nonsense on Europe. Obviously it goes without saying the French will ignore it and good on them.
I grew up surrounded by farms and regularly drank fresh milk straight out of the cow. Let me rephrase that. It was squirted into a bucket first. No Friesian bukkake for me. Oh no. Er, sorry, I digress.
Anyway. I have never heard of anyone ever suffering an illness from drinking fresh cow’s milk. But the FDA website (linked from the story) says hundreds of Americans died or got sick or something in 2001 from drinking unpastuerised milk.
I find this totally bizarre. Anyone who’s had brie or camambert made from unpastuerised milk, or even just drunk the stuff, knows it tastes far better.
They’re talking about salmonella. That’s not naturally present in cows milk. If it’s in food it’s a process issue - you can’t bloody ban natural food because the process of getting it to market is fucked up.
I mean are we going to ban raw oysters and mussels because every so often someone gets a bad tummy? Wouldn’t it be better to try and improve general hygeine in the food industry. Naw. Far too difficult. (They’ll not ban cars because of road accidents, of course.)
They’ll prise that raw oyster on the half-shell from my cold, dead, hands. Bloody bureaucrats. Where’s Charlton Heston when you need him?