In brief: Raw milk set to be banned
Department of Agriculture officials have confirmed that the sale of raw milk from all species for direct human consumption is expected to be banned from this autumn.
The ban does not affect cheese made from raw milk and only applies to its sale in the Republic of Ireland so it will not affect producers exporting to other countries where its sale is not banned.
Legislation required for the ban is at an advanced stage and should be introduced by the autumn, which would allow time for a three-month EU notification period.
EU rural bodies form coalition
Five European rural and agricultural bodies have joined forces to launch a new body known as the Rural Coalition of Europe in a bid to strengthen the voice of Europe's rural population and to increase the competitiveness of the EU agriculture sector.
The new grouping includes farmers' organisation Copa-Cogeca, young farmers group CEJA, landowners group ELO, hunting association FACE and livestock and meat trading union UECBV.
The Rural Coalition aims to promote and defend the importance of farmers, foresters, landowners, agricultural and forestry workers, hunters and tourism operators.
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