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Apart from illegal drugs, raw milk may be the most rapidly traded underground commodity in the United States. The controversy surrounding the distributing and selling of raw milk across state lines was brought into the public eye yet again this week when the Feds raided an Amish farm in Kinzers, Pennsylvania. The Feds had been conducting a “covert operation” on Amish farmer Dan Allgyer’s farm for several weeks and are accusing him of violating federal interstate commerce law by selling raw milk to a Maryland food club.
Mr. Allgyer’s farm was raided at 5:00 AM by five Federal and State Officials. They charged him of being involved in illegal interstate commerce activities and proceeded to dig through his food coolers and storage facilities (all of which is private property) taking pictures of the government ruled “paraphernalia”. He re-calls his experience:
“They came in the dark, shining bright flashlights while my family was asleep, keeping me from milking my cows, from my family, from breakfast with my family and from our morning devotions, and alarming my children enough so that they first question they asked my wife was, "Is Daddy going to jail?" (1).”
The next morning, he received an urgent Letter of Warning from the FDA stating failure to make corrections would result in regulatory action resulting in possible seizure.
It is the FDA’s position that raw milk should not be consumed by anyone living in the United States. The FDA claims raw milk can carry harmful bacteria such as salmonella, E. coli and listeria. Yet, by estimate nearly 10 million people in the U.S. drink raw milk every day (2). Where are the reports and media coverage of the people who have consumed raw milk contracting salmonella, E. coli, listeria, or becoming sick from their raw milk consumption?
Raw milk supporters say the process of pasteurization eliminates both good and bad bacteria and removes the multiple health benefits raw milk provides. Many raw-milk drinkers say they feel much healthier after switching over to it after drinking pasteurized milk (3).
After doing a little of research, one will learn the government began the process of pasteurization following the War of 1812 with England. During this time of economic success, inner-city farmers were feeding their cows hot, reeking swill left over from distilleries. The results of distillery produced dairy resulted in bluish milk which was unfit for selling or even generating butter or cheese. This contaminated milk (“pseudo-milk”), was sold at local grocery stores, and fed to babies by their unwitting parents. This caused infant mortality rates to sky rocket to 20% for nearly 4 consecutive years in New York City alone. This fueled the need for clean, pasteurized milk for decades to come. After many years of drinking pasteurized milk, everyone began believing raw milk is dangerous. Only in recent years has the consumer backlash against valueless processed foods gained enough momentum where access to clean, raw milk is considered a dietary right (4).
With increasing amounts of Americans demanding to know what they are putting into their bodies, hefty numbers of people are flocking to local farmer’s markets to stock up on produce and supplies ranging from organic butter, jams, meat, eggs and you guessed it, raw milk.
Right now, Americans have the choice between pasteurized and raw milk. However, by the FED raiding and shutting down farms who sell such products to the public, the government is essentially taking away its citizens rights to choose what they put into their bodies.
This event has left everyone with the same set of questions. Can the government really mandate what I choose to put into my own body and the bodies of my children and why does the government care so much about the selling and distributing of raw, sanitary milk? Is it because the government and the FDA are in cahoots with large milk producers? Whose interest is the government and the FDA really serving - ours or theirs?
Please call and write the number and address below to express yourself and your beliefs regarding your food freedom rights.
Philadelphia District Office
Serves Delaware and Pennsylvania.
Food and Drug Administration
Second and Chestnut Streets, Room 900
Philadelphia, PA 19106
(215) 597-4390 8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. (Eastern time)