Never fear. Federal bureaucrats stand to save us from our own choices, and the feds have raided an Amish farm that was selling…raw milk!
A yearlong sting operation, including aliases, a 5 a.m. surprise inspection and surreptitious purchases from an Amish farm in Pennsylvania, culminated in the federal government announcing this week that it has gone to court to stop Rainbow Acres Farm from selling its contraband to willing customers in the Washington area.
The product in question: unpasteurized milk.
I must admit that I feel sooo much safer knowing that the Feds are trying to protect us from the evils of raw milk. (Oh, my kids have had raw milk on many occasions, thanks to local Amish farmers, and they have suffered no health consequences. Nonetheless, I am grateful that the FDA wants to save my family from the “threat” of such a product and replace it with guvmint-approved milk.)
“It is the FDA’s position that raw milk should never be consumed,” said Tamara N. Ward, spokeswoman for the FDA, whose investigators have been looking into Rainbow Acres for months, and who finally last week filed a 10-page complaint in federal court in Pennsylvania seeking an order to stop the farm from shipping across state lines any more raw milk or dairy products made from it.
The farm’s owner, Dan Allgyer, didn’t respond to a message seeking comment, but his customers in the District of Columbia and Maryland were furious at what they said was government overreach.
“I look at this as the FDA is in cahoots with the large milk producers,” said Karin Edgett, a D.C. resident who buys directly from Rainbow Acres. “I don’t want the FDA and my tax dollars to go to shut down a farm that hasn’t had any complaints against it. They’re producing good food, and the consumers are extremely happy with it.”
Oh, surely not, Ms. Edgett! Our guvmint always knows what is best and is always happy to force those “best” choices upon us.12:30 pm on April 29, 2011 Email Bill Anderson