Cleopatra is said to have bathed in it, and it was used at the turn of the 20th century as a substitute for human breast milk, and according to reports yesterday, given that Cyprus is famous for its donkeys, there is a strong interest in the production of asses milk for cosmetic purposes.
A bill is now being prepared by the veterinary services and will be sent to parliament regulating the production of the milk as it is not covered by current laws.
Reports said DISY MP Kyriakos Hadjiyiannis had put a written question to Agriculture Minister Nicos Kouyialis on the issue and was informed that the regulations were being prepared, would go to the legal services and from there to the House as a draft bill.
They would cover hygiene in the production of an animal product, heat treatment of the milk (pasteurisation), and labeling.
Donkey milk is said to be the closest to human milk and was used in olden times as a substitute. It has less fat than cow’s milk and is not an allergen.
It is better known in cosmetic use, going back to the time of Cleopatra who was said to bathe in it and needed a herd of 700 to fill her bath. The milk is said to reduce wrinkles and make skin soft and white.