FDA Conducts Sting on Amish Farm for Selling Raw Milk

Helen Whalen Cohen

5/18/2011 4:51:00 PM - Helen Whalen Cohen

Law enforcement at the FDA is at an all time high, and they aren't letting anyone off the hook. Especially not Amish farmers at Rainbow Acres Farms selling unpasteurized milk to willing buyers. War against terror. War against drugs. War against raw milk:

In a year-long sting operation that culminated in a pre-dawn raid last week, the FDA captured an Amish farmer in Pennsylvania selling unpasteurized milk to willing purchasers in the Washington, D.C. area.  It was a rare headline-grabbing event in the ongoing battle between natural food fans and the nanny state.

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State regulations governing the sale of raw dairy products vary widely, from allowing unrestricted sales to prohibiting them entirely.  According to consumer advocates, ten states, including Washington, Idaho, and California, allow retail sales of raw milk.

You can buy raw milk in Pennsylvania, but not in D.C. So when these farmers tried to sell it across state lines, they found themselves in the crosshairs of the eagle-eyed FDA officials.

Thanks to reader NOTW for the link.