The Independent

Shoppers will soon be able to buy raw, unpasteurised milk from vending machines in shops under controversial recommendations by the UK’s food safety regulator.

The Food Standards Agency (FSA) said consumers in England, Wales and Northern Ireland should be given “wider access” to raw drinking milk following a public consultation which found that most people supported a relaxation of the rules.

Currently, raw milk can only be bought directly from farmers. Sales are subject to strict controls because unpasteurised milk may contain harmful bacteria such as E. coli, listeria, salmonella and campylobacter. The changes to the rules will not apply in Scotland, where the sale of all raw milk is banned.

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