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Parliamentary questions
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27 September 2018
E-004887-18
Question for written answer E-004887-18
to the Commission
Rule 130
Clara Eugenia Aguilera García (S&D)

 Subject:  Direct sale of raw milk on farms and consumer safety
 Answer in writing 

The pasteurisation of milk ensures the hygiene and safety of this essential food in our diets. However, some sectors of society are increasingly demanding a return to drinking raw milk in the search for a more ‘authentic taste’, but this could have more drawbacks than benefits and the consequences could be very serious.

1. What is the Commission’s opinion on the establishment and spread of the practice of selling fresh milk on farms directly to consumers?

2. In the event of contamination, who would assume responsibility for ensuring public health and food safety?

3. Does merely complying with the requirements of Regulation (EC) No 853/2004 comprehensively ensure the safety of raw milk, or is it largely up to the consumer to take the necessary measures to ensure the hygiene and safety of this food?

Original language of question: ES 
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