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FSA Plans to Prosecute Selfridges

In 2011, the retailer installed vending machines in its food hall that dispense raw cow's milk produced on a Sussex farm.

GOT MILK?: The Food Standards Agency in the U.K. said this week it plans to prosecute Selfridges Retail Ltd. and the farmer who supplied the company with raw cow’s milk, for breaches of food hygiene regulations. In 2011, Selfridges installed vending machines in its food hall that dispense raw cow’s milk produced on a Sussex farm. The FSA, the government’s food watchdog, said in a statement that summons have been served to both the store and the farmer, Stephen Hook, and a hearing date has been set for February 6 at Westminster Magistrates Court in London. The sale of unpasteurized milk and cream in the U.K. is legal, but tightly regulated,  and sales in Scotland have been banned since 1983. A Selfridges spokesperson said: “We do not believe that we have committed any offense. As this matter is subject to legal proceedings, we are unable to comment further at this stage.”

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