As It Was Meant To Be
Some of you may have heard of Cleopatra Milk, Raw Milk or Bath Milk. It is non-homogenised and unpasteurised, with minimal if any processing, pretty much milk straight from the cows udder. Sounds great for us "naturalists" (including the clothes on type :) but it is not approved for human consumption and may pose a danger to your health. People sell it as "bath milk" with quoted fingers in the air or with a wink and a nod, but the reality is that your safety cannot be at all guaranteed. I will explain why.
Unhomogenised and unpastuerised milk has been consumed by humans for a very long time, but in the ye old days, they didn't have the need to warehouse, transport, store and supply it in the way it needs to be done today or at the same scale. In the modern day it takes everyone in an extensive supply chain to do the right thing in order to get it safely into your fridge and onto your tasty granola or cereal that you got from Let's Be Natural.
Dairy can develop some quite harsh pathogens if not treated and handled properly. This can induce all sorts of ailments from gastroenteritis, diarrhoea and flu like symptoms through to more serious symptoms such as kidney failure, mis-carriage and (according to some sources) possible death. Sounds extreme and I don't want to make you paranoid but obviously you need to understand the factors and make your own judgement call. As with everything else in life really.
You may be buying "Bath Milk" as safe (wink wink nod nod) to drink. Which may or may not be correct depending on the producer, the health of the cow, the timing, the suppliers, storage along the way, the temperature of the retail outlets fridge, whether the temperature dropped below a certain level during transport etc. Milk is particularly vulnerable and consumers are trusting that whole food supply chain to get it right every time.
Food Standards Australia New Zealand provides guidelines on the production, handling, storage and distribution of food and the individual Australian states regulate and audit it. The unprocessed milk is sold as a cosmetic product or bath milk, and so it does not fall under the auspice and regulation of FSANZ. What this boils down to is that if you consume "Bath Milk" or "Cleopatras Milk" then you are placing your complete trust in the whole supply chain who operate without any need for compliance with FSANZ regulation.
This is a shame because the unprocessed milk is said to retain the most nutrients, so a NSW business, Made By Cow has addressed this by using High Pressure Pasteurisation (HPP) to process the milk. HPP is a technique used in the food industry to kill pathogens in food to make it safe for consumption and extend the shelf life by exposing the product to high pressure. Makers of goods such as cold pressed juice often use this technique.
Made By Cow Cold Pressed Raw Milk comes from a single Jersey herd on NSW's pristine South Coast and is bottled straight from the cow within hours & then subjected to intense isostatic water pressure (HPP), compressing both bottle & milk inside for several minutes.
The process does not heat the milk and so retains the raw nutrient qualities such as vitamins B1, B2, B12, A and potassium. So you get the best of both worlds, natural, pure, unaltered raw milk with all it's original nutrient value and creaminess, plus a safer product.
Made By Cow Raw Milk has never been heat pasteurised, homogenised, separated, blended, diluted or standardized and is the first and only non heat pasteurised milk in Australia to be approved and licensed for sale by NSW Food Authority.
Made By Cow Raw Milk is coming to Let's Be Natural soon for sale in store only.