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FDA Raid on Raw Milk

A “raid” was conducted earlier this year during a drop-off of raw milk in a Cincinnati parking lot. Approximately eight FDA agents, along with four Cincinnati police officers, stopped the truck of a Kentucky farmer and began confiscating bottles of raw milk.

The lawmen tried to force the farmer into a “confession,” but the farmer merely stated what he offered to his shareholders and that the milk wasn’t pasteurized.

The situation became so traumatic for the farmer that he was hospitalized several times for stress issues. Fortunately, several of the farmer’s loyal shareholders took charge temporarily in his place to milk the cows, bottle the milk and drive his product to market as he recuperated.

Kentucky officials decided against filing charges after a meeting of its Milk Safety Board, but Ohio officials decided otherwise. To avoid a draining legal battle, the farmer opted to plead guilty to labeling and licensing laws and paid a fine. The FDA sent him a letter warning about interstate deliveries.
You’d think the FDA has anything better to do.

http://www.businessweek.com/smallbiz/content/nov2006/sb20061121_167591.htm

http://www.mercola.com/display/redirect.aspx?returnURL=http://www.mercola.com/2006/dec/9/fda-continues-to-harass-raw-milk-providers.htm&Email=lord_necrophiliac@yahoo.com&dt=12/9/2006

Never mind all the drugs, pollution and crime in the country, there’s a farmer with a truckload of raw milk.

Call the cops, the FBI, the FDA, the national guard, the department of homeland security… somebody, it’s a farking emergency!

It would be laughable if it wasn’t so comparatively stupid. I guess if you want raw milk, buy your own cow. Just don’t tell anyone you own a cow, I’m sure it will be a licensed controlled substance production facility and you’ll be guilty of intent to distribute.

I heard a similar case of this happening recently in Canada. Its ridiculous, as much of the concern about sanitation and pasturization stems from the bottling practices of 100 years ago. Also considering new irradiation technologies imerging to iradicate disease in food stuffs the rational of the FDA is at best flawed.

well i know in NY a farmer is legally allowed to sell up to 50 gallons of raw milk a week. this guy was probally selling more than that.

i drank the stuff my whole life and i absolutly love it. i cant stand the taste of pasturized milk anymore but its all i can get sinced i moved out on my own.
its a pity, raw milk tastes just like a vanallia milk shake. if u can get your hands on some you will never want to go back to the stuff from the store

This stuff really scares me. For a lot more reasons than one. I love RAW milk, and thank God I have a local dairy I can still purchase it from along with RAW yogurt, cheese and farm fresh everything else.

It kind of scares me that it’s the only place I know of within a 50 mile radius of where I live where I can still obtain “real” food, from real farmers.

[quote]Rotlex wrote:
This stuff really scares me. For a lot more reasons than one. I love RAW milk, and thank God I have a local dairy I can still purchase it from along with RAW yogurt, cheese and farm fresh everything else.

It kind of scares me that it’s the only place I know of within a 50 mile radius of where I live where I can still obtain “real” food, from real farmers.[/quote]

Yeah,real food.
50 years ago or so,we were able to buy fresh milk in bottles from the local market.
Now the FDA are making us eat shit.
There are some great websites you guys can visit and take a stand for raw milk.
A family selling raw milk shouldn’t have to go to jail.

Some farmers say they feel as if they’re selling crack or doing something wrong.
Why don’t they spend our tax dollars and the governments time doing something better than arresting hard working farmers that do their best to bring us quality food.

Yeah that shit just happened here in Toronto too. I love the fact that politicians get to decided what’s best for our health, when the vast majority of them eat donuts and coffee for breakfast.

http://www.cbc.ca/canada/toronto/story/2006/11/29/farmer-support.html

[quote]Cthulhu wrote:
<<<A family selling raw milk shouldn’t have to go to jail.>>>
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Preposterous!!! I’ll be sleepin with the 12 gauge until they lock em ALL up. lived in Detroit for 28 years of my life with murderous lunatics on the cover of the paper all the time and I haven’t been scared until I found out there are actually people so demented and depraved as to peddle raw milk. What is this world coming to?

FDA has done a lot of different stuff to the healthier product. But posting stories here about it as well as most other public forums only will have most people stereotyping me as a liberal or some other funny ass crap.

[quote]chubs108 wrote:
FDA has done a lot of different stuff to the healthier product. But posting stories here about it as well as most other public forums only will have most people stereotyping me as a liberal or some other funny ass crap.[/quote]

No, posting nonsensical replies without valid counterpoints and using poor gramar mearly shows that you are a poor debater. Since the only issue here is pasturization and sales I fail to see how there can be any worthwhile counterpoint.

[quote]chubs108 wrote:
FDA has done a lot of different stuff to the healthier product. But posting stories here about it as well as most other public forums only will have most people stereotyping me as a liberal or some other funny ass crap.[/quote]

Nobody’s going to stereotype an ultra left wing, big government, atheistic, America hating socialist who probably voted for Inouye a liberal. Geez, don’t be so paranoid.