The Raw Milk Institute (RAWMI) is a non-profit international organization dedicated to promoting and supporting the safe and hygienic production of raw milk and raw milk products for direct human consumption. RAWMI teaches well-established scientific principles and good manufacturing methods to assist farmers to produce hygienic safe raw milk. RAWMI assists farmers in developing and writing up risk assessment and management plans (RAMP) covering their whole farms. Farms that have established basic criteria for biosecurity, animal welfare, animal management, nutrition, animal health, and milking hygiene and product handling can apply to be listed by RAWMI. Listed RAWMI farmers have in-depth knowledge of potential risks with their own production system, good knowledge regarding the beneficial effects of raw milk and have demonstrated that raw milk can be very safe. Listed farmers comply with RAWMI common standards, and these include at least monthly milk testing to evaluate basic milk hygiene parameters.
RAWMI serves as an information resource, both for the dairy industry and for consumers looking to make an informed decision about the safety and benefits of raw milk. RAWMI encourages, promotes, and undertakes research, using approved scientific methods, to inform and enhance our education, outreach, and training programs.
RAWMI collects test data on a monthly basis from farmers that have joined RAWMI on the mission of safe raw milk production practices. There were previously no recognized national or international standards for raw milk that was intended for human consumption. In 2012, RAWMI published the first “Common Standards” based on research and information gathered from successful raw milk programs.
In 2018, the first peer reviewed articles began to appear in the literature using RAWMI test data. The “RAWMI Effect” and positive impact is now reflected in a 77% decrease in illnesses associated directly with a 357% increase in raw milk producers in the USA over the last several years since RAWMI began farmer training.
RAWMI is headquartered near Kerman, California, in one of the top dairy and agriculture centers in the world. RAWMI is funded through generous donations, and the ongoing support of our members, and grants.
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