In Ireland, the production and sell of raw milk cheese is permitted. At present, the sell of bottled raw milk for human consuption is allowed as well, but it is under threat. Local authoritied are pushing to ban liquid raw milk under the statement that it is a potential vector of deseases.
The sale of raw cows' liquid milk was banned in Ireland from 1997 to 2006 by the department and before this, by most local authorities.
The ban lapsed due to a change in EU legislation in 2006 and the department then carried out a consultation on proposals to extend it to milk from sheep and goats.
The Campaign for Raw Milk in Ireland has argued that production should be regulated rather than banned.
For more information and updates, visit the Raw Milk Ireland website.