Raw Milk Crackdown
by Mike Riggs
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 the first question they asked my wife was, Is
Daddy going to jail?
how Amish farmer Dan Allgyer described an early morning visit last
week from two FDA agents, two U.S. Marshals, and a Pennsylvania
state trooper. Apparently, investigating a single farmer for possibly
trafficking raw milk across state lines requires a show of force.
aware of the cars as soon as I walked out on the sidewalk as part
of my morning routine around 4:30 a.m. and immediately said to myself
something is going on, Allgyer wrote in a statement for the
National Independent Consumers and Farmers Association. I
was watching and noticed three cars were cruising down right behind
each other, and immediately thought, hey, that looks like trouble.
I watched and pretty soon one car came back and parked on my neighbors
farm, on private property.
around, the cars showed up Allgyers property. They all
got out of their vehicles five men all together with
big bright flashlights they were shining all around. My wife and
family were still asleep. When they couldnt find anybody,
they prepared to knock on the door of my darkened house. Just before
they got to the house I stepped out of the barn and hollered at
them, then they came up to me and introduced themselves.
him what it was, one of the agents handed Allgyer an FDA warrant
that allowed the agents to inspect Allgyers farm. The warrant
read: You are authorized to take all necessary actions, including,
but not limited to, the use of reasonable force, to effectuate entry
to the above-named premises, the land and buildings located there,
at reasonable times during ordinary business hours and to remain
thereon to inspect within reasonable limits and in a reasonable
manner all portions of Allgyers farm.
the criminal that the FDA is making him out to be. When Americans
first began pasteurizing milk at the turn of the last century, testing
was rudimentary and farms were far less hygienic, Katherine
Mangu-Ward wrote in February, the first time inspectors showed
up to raid Allgyers farm. Today, the situation is different.
Testing for the presence of such pathogens is much more precise,
and farms are far cleaner. While processing milk remains a good
choice for milk shipped to the population as a whole, there are
a group of food rebels who would rather drink their milk straight
from the cow.
asked why the agents wanted to inspect his farm, FDA investigator
Joshua C. Shafer said, We have credible evidence that you
are involved in interstate commerce.
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