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Broader public health implications

As previously mentioned, Mrs. Capricorn’s primary market is supplying milk for production of artisanal cheeses. The farmer has also been selling raw (unpasteurised) milk to several local families and tourists passing through the area.

With this new knowledge of the significant presence of Q fever in this dairy goat herd, you need to consult with the relevant state or territory health authorities with respect to potential zoonotic and food safety impacts. But you will still need to understand the implications and work with the producer on practical guidance. What are your responses to the following questions regarding the safety and legal compliances for the food being produced?

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Do you need to advise Mrs. Capricorn that the outbreak of Q fever in her goat herd needs to be controlled due to potential public health risks, not just to protect the health and welfare of her goats?

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Do you need to advise Mrs. Capricorn that Q fever can be excreted in the goats’ milk and that this may impact the safety and saleability of her product?

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No

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Should you go so far as to advise that it is illegal to sell unpasteurised goats’ milk?

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Do you think it is a problem to be supplying pasteurised goats’ milk where there is a known Q fever issue in the herd?

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Some of Mrs. Capricornia’s artisanal cheeses are made with raw milk. Do you advise her that it is legally and/or practically safe to continue this practice?

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Yes

No

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