The last producer of Caerphilly cheese in Caerphilly has been forced to close having been told that it was illegal to take delivery of unpasteurised milk in metal churns.
Western Mail, p1, 25 April 1995
Daily Telegraph, p5, 25 April 1995
Daily Mail, p5, 25 April 1995
Daily Star, p9, 25 April 1995
The Sun, pp6 & 9, 25 April 1995
Daily Mirror, p13, 25 April 1995
Today, p15, 25 April 1995
The transportation of milk is governed by two Directives (Council Directive 92/46/EEC and 94/71/EEC) regulating the transportation of heat-treated and pasteurised milk from the farm to the dairy or processing plant. They ensure that churns and tanks of more than four litres must be ‘hermetically sealed before and during transport by means of a watertight sealing device’.
However, these provisions only apply to heat-treated or pasteurised milk. Raw or unpasteurised milk, though covered by both Directives, may still be transported in open churns. Despite this, general practice is to transport raw milk in sealed containers.
The producer is therefore able to receive milk in open churns and does not have to lay the 75ft pipeline reported in the press under European law.