Raw Milk Cheese – Is it Safe?
Some people even ask us if it’s legal to sell! Yes, it is legal to sell, and yes, it is very safe.
Raw Milk Cheese: It’s Safe!
While the FDA puts raw milk in its highest risk category, cultured milk products and hard cheeses are in its lowest risk category, therefore it allows the sale of raw milk cheeses that are aged a minimum of 60 days at a minimum of 38 degrees Fahrenheit. Being in the FDA’s lowest risk category suggests that it is safer than practically every other food you might eat including meat, fish, eggs, poultry, fruits, and vegetables! Beyond that, we at Neighborly Farms are diligent in our efforts to provide you with the healthiest, most wholesome products that we possibly can. Just as raw milk tastes richer and more delicious that pasteurized, our raw milk cheddar’s taste is particularly delicious and more complex than pasteurized cheddar.
The controversies rage over the direct consumption of raw milk which does have the potential for carrying pathogens as it is an excellent medium for supporting like, which is why it’s such a good food. Promoters of raw milk claim that pasteurization and homogenization change the milk and destroy vitamins and other important substances, and that healthy, well cared for milk does not allow the growth of pathogens. Detractors say that vitamin destruction is minimal, that health claims are unsubstantiated, and that all raw milk is potentially dangerous. Where the truth lies is not yet clear, but we can tell you that we make every effort to keep our herd healthy, we do our very best to keep our equipment clean and in top condition, and the Dimmick family and employees of Neighborly Farms drink the milk daily with no ill effect. Yes, it is more delicious than pasteurized milk, and no, we do not sell raw milk to the public.
Currently, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) does not allow raw milk to cross state lines. States set their own rules about raw milk and they are increasingly restrictive. In Vermont, state law permits producers to sell up to 25 quarts or raw milk per day. New Hampshire allows raw milk sales on the farm and through home delivery. Farmers must be licensed by the state of New York to sell from their farms. In Maine, you can buy raw milk on the farm and in stores. Massachusetts allows raw milk sales, but requires farmers to jump through a lot of hoops to do it.