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Is all milk pasteurised?

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No, not all milk is pasteurised. But it’s not legal to sell raw milk in South Africa unless a herd is certified as free from tuberculosis and brucellosis.

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No, not all milk is pasteurised. However, it is illegal to sell raw milk for direct use in South Africa unless the specific municipality where the sale is taking place is authorised to do so in terms of the law (R1555). A farm selling raw milk must be able to present a certificate stating the herd as being free of tuberculosis and brucellosis. Even then, raw milk should be dealt with cautiously and best be properly heated prior to use.

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