Nothing quite compares to the fresh, creamy taste of milk straight from the cow.

Those of us who drink unpasteurised milk are small in number; we either live on a dairy farm and scoop milk straight from the bulk tank or we source it directly from farms in Wales and England that are licensed to sell it.

We are so few in number that it seems a waste of time and money for the association that represents producers and processors to attempt to block the sale of raw milk.

Dairy UK wants the Food Standards Agency (FSA) to outlaw unpasteurised milk from sale because it worries that it compromises food safety.

If there had been food poisoning outbreaks associated with drinking raw milk then of course this would make perfect sense, because as an industry, dairy farming would suffer. But not one outbreak has been reported since 2002.

I don’t particularly like the taste of standardised, homogenised, pasteurised milk and believe that people who don’t have a milking herd should have the choice of whether they too can buy milk that has not been processed.

The farms that are licensed to sell unpasteurised milk are regularly inspected by local and national authorities and their cattle are checked for diseases such as bovine TB.

Arguably, dedicated raw milk producers therefore pay more attention to hygiene than those who rely on pasteurisation as a safety mechanism.

So far, the FSA appears to be making no attempt to cave in to Dairy UK’s demands. After all, why ban a product that is as safe as pasteurised milk?