Isigny Ste Mère Crème d’Isigny

I understand that it is not legal to sell unpasteurised dairy products in retail stores in England, at least in the case of raw milk. (It must be purchased directly from farmers.)

But then one sees other dairy products like raw butter or crème fraîche.

In particular, I understand that the Isigny Ste Mère dairy production cooperative produces raw dairy products and see their butter and crème fraîche sold in chain grocery stores. What is the legality of that?

  • What makes you think that the pictured product is unpasteurized?
    – phoog
    Mar 23 at 20:06
  • Something I read or heard a while back that suggested the whole brand’s product line is. What makes you think it isn’t? Mar 23 at 21:04
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    I think it isn't because at isigny-ste-mere.com/en/our-creams/our-cream-making-know-how they say "Our Isigny PDO crème fraîche is made the traditional way. Milk is skimmed so as to obtain the required fat content, before being gently pasteurised. ..."
    – phoog
    Mar 23 at 22:01
  • I did see some references to raw dairy products sold under this brand, but this product certainly seems not to be one of them. I have no idea whether any of their raw products is sold in the UK.
    – phoog
    Mar 23 at 22:17
  • @phoog okay, good find. Have you seen anything suggesting the butter to be raw or not? Because that is also sold in supermarkets. Mar 25 at 15:06

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It’s legal

The regulations provide limits on various bacteria. If the product is made from raw milk, the manufacturer must implement a testing regime for those bacteria. If it’s made from treated milk, they avoid this cost.

  • May I ask how did you go about finding and identifying these as the relevant regulations? Mar 23 at 21:05
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    @Seekinganswers google - how does anyone find anything?
    – Dale M
    Mar 24 at 1:57

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