A NSW woman has been fined $28,000 for selling raw milk after some of it tested positive for listeria, a dangerous bacteria.
Julia Ruth McKay, from Bungonia in the state's Southern Tablelands, was fined in Goulburn Local Court after pleading guilty to four charges related to the sale of unpasteurised or raw milk, according to the NSW Food Authority.
McKay operated a herd-sharing business, where someone buys shares in a herd or cow and then receives part of the milk produced, but was shut down in 2015 when some of the milk tested positive for listeria.
In court on Thursday, McKay was also ordered to pay $25,000 in costs on top of the fine.
NSW Food Authority chief executive Lisa Szabo says listeria is a particularly dangerous pathogen and could be fatal.
"(It) is of particular concern to vulnerable populations such as pregnant women and their unborn babies, children, those over 70 and people who are already immunocompromised," Dr Szabo said on Friday.
"I remind people that the sale of raw milk for human consumption is illegal in Australia," she added.