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What is raw milk?

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Raw milk is milk that has not been heat treated (pasteurised). Currently it is not legal to sell raw milk in South Africa except in cases where the herds have been certified free from tuberculosis and brucellosis.

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Raw milk is untreated milk, exactly as it comes from the cow. With reference to national health legislation, raw milk has not undergone pasteurisation, sterilisation or ultra-high temperature treatment. Raw milk could carry bacteria that may pose serious health risks to the consumer. It is illegal to sell raw milk in South Africa unless it has been approved by health authorities.

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