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British shopping institution Selfridges have introduced an interesting new vending machine within their famous food hall.

This machine is run under a concession by Sussex farmer Hook & Son, allowing customers to get a real taste of the Great British Countryside by selling litres and half litres of raw milk (unpasteurised, untreated – straight from the cow!)

There is some controversy surrounding the machine and the sale of raw milk as technically it is illegal in the UK to sell unpasteurised milk – unless direct from the farm or a farmer’s market- but Selfridges have reported it to be quite the success! Customers in the city appreciate the chance to try something the way it is without anything added or taken away, whilst older customers have said they appreciate being able to drink the milk they did as children.

Now, I live right out in the sticks, next door to a real, working dairy farm so can have raw milk any time I choose to – it doesn’t appeal to me, not because of health risks but because milk still slightly warm from a cow freaks me out. I’m sure the milk in Selfridges will be cooled thanks to the machine refrigeration to optimum drinking temperature but I still don’t think I would be tempted to try it next time I’m in London. Would you try it? Have you tried raw milk before? Have you got any ideas for something bizarre and quirky to be put in a vending machine?

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