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British cheese faces extinction

Monday, May 10th, 1999

PA News, 10 May 1999
Gastronomes in Britain were today backing specialist varieties of cheese such as Cheddar, Cheshire and Lancashire which look set to be banned under EU rules. The cheeses, made by many of Britain’s small farms, use unpasteurised milk, a process the EU intends to ban following food poisoning scares.

This Euromyth, which first appeared in the press in 1992 when the Council adopted a directive on public health rules for the production and sale of raw-milk products including some cheeses, has appeared again. Then, as now the UK was at the forefront of demands for the directive.
The UK Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food (MAFF) recently have produced consultations on diary product hygiene and on raw milk production regulations. The directive states that milk should come from animals and holdings which satisfy the health and safety requirements and are inspected regularly. The cheese produced should comply with specific microbiological criteria. Checks must be made for listeria and salmonella etc. which children, pregnant women, the elderly and ill people are particularly susceptible to.
The European Commission and MAFF recognise that the cheese industry is important and there is absolutely no intention to ban any traditional cheese. Neither MAFF nor the European Commission plan to ban the use of unpasteurised milk. The explicit intention is to safeguard consumer health and confidence.

Brussels to ban soya milk

Saturday, July 1st, 1995

Brussels is out to ban soya milk, claiming it is not sufficiently clearly labelled to distinguish it from cow’s milk (Constituent’s enquiry to Robert Sturdy MEP)

This is not true, there is no ban on soya milk products. A Council Regulation (1898/87,OJ L182 of 3.7.87) promoting the consumption of milk whilst protecting the name of milk against competing non-dairy products was agreed in 1987. In other words the problem is one of terminology, as is often the case where consumer protection is concerned, but no the product itself.

The Regulation recognised that a number of names already existed which obviously had no dairy connection (such as cream crackers), and it therefore listed a number of names which could continue to be used as before. The UK Government proposed the inclusion of soya milk on the list but it was not included, being opposed by all the other member States.

It is now up to manufacturers themselves to decide upon an alternative name, such as soya drink, which does not infringe the UK Dairy Designations Regulation, which implements the Food Labelling Regulation.

Milk-based product directive to outlaw soft cheeses

Wednesday, November 11th, 1992

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.

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Please note that all statements in all entries were correct on the date of publication given. However, older archived posts are not systematically updated in the light of later developments, for example changes to EU law.

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