Myth: The French media campaigned earlier this year against a proposed Directive laying down health rules for the production and placing on the market of raw milk and in particular milk-based products (soft cheeses etc).
Response: The Council adopted on 16.6.1992 (Official Journal L 268 of 14.9.1992) a Directive on health rules for the production and placing on the market of raw milk, heat-treated milk and milk-based products. This Directive will come into effect on 1.1.1994. As far as soft cheeses are concerned, the Directive states that the milk used should come from animals and holdings which satisfy the health and hygiene requirements and which are inspected regularly. The cheese produced should also comply with specified microbiological criteria (checks for Listeria, Salmonella, Escherichia coli, etc). Products may be withdrawn from the market if they fail to reach the compulsory criteria.