Gran cheesed off with red tape
20 October 2014
A grandmother who hand-milks four cows has taken on the world's best cheesemakers and won – but she's facing defeat at the hands of Ministry for Primary Industries food safety officers.
Her problems began with an appearance on TV's Country Calendar in 2009, after which government food safety inspectors visited.
She said they found her hygiene and equipment were faultless, but still told her she would be closed down unless she developed an approved risk management plan and swallowed a big rise in her compliance costs.
A ministry spokeswoman said milking and cheesemaking could produce health risks, and even one "bad batch" could jeopardise the whole industry.
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