Actual Food Police

Kevin Glass
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Posted: Jul 26, 2010 12:21 PM
Government regulations have more and more banned what people can grow, sell and eat. They justify this behind the veil of 'public safety.' Tell me, what's safe about armed cops raiding an organic grocery store, guns drawn, and confiscating their food?

With no warning one weekday morning, investigators entered an organic grocery with a search warrant and ordered the hemp-clad workers to put down their buckets of mashed coconut cream and to step away from the nuts.

Then, guns drawn, four officers fanned out across Rawesome Foods in Venice. Skirting past the arugula and peering under crates of zucchini, they found the raid's target inside a walk-in refrigerator: unmarked jugs of raw milk.

"I still can't believe they took our yogurt," said Rawesome volunteer Sea J. Jones, a few days after the raid. "There's a medical marijuana shop a couple miles away, and they're raiding us because we're selling raw dairy products?"

Hat tip to TH contributor John Stossel, who hits the nail on the head when he says 

Food faddists who buy raw food and unpasteurized milk are fools.  There’s no good evidence that the food is healthier, and they risk their families’ health.  The risk is real but small. If buyers of unpasteurized milk get sick, word will get out, and those sellers will be punished.  Whole Foods already dropped these products because selling them would have raised their liability costs.

...but that's not enough for our ever more intrusive government.