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Raw sheep's and goat's milk and derivatives

Draft Production Specifications for raw sheep's and goat's milk and derivatives

The draft Production Specifications for raw sheep's and goat’s milk and derivatives apply to all stages of breeding, milking included, of lactating sheep and goats for the production of raw milk to be used for the production of drinking milk, dairy products and ice creams. They include a comparison grid between the current provisions of the law and the provisions of the Specifications themselves.

The draft Specifications provide indications on: choice and identification of animals, facilities and plant, breeding management types and techniques, feeding techniques, drug treatments, milking and milk storage, traceability and a self-checking system. They describe the requirements that raw milk must meet, from which the characteristics of products bearing the mark derive. Finally, they give indications for the production of derivatives in relation to: milk transport, raw materials, traceability, self-checking, product labelling and a control system.

Furthermore, in compliance with the procedures for drafting the specifications set out in the Guidelines, the following areas of intervention and the specific principles observed in the draft Specification are indicated. These then produce the requirements that will give the product a quality significantly higher than the commercial standards in terms of public health and animal health and welfare, and will ensure that the products in question bearing the quality mark will have specific characteristics different from those of a comparable product without a mark.