“Three agents wearing HAZMAT masks and gloves arrived at the restaurant on 1600 MacKay Road in North Vancouver flashing badges. They demanded that the staff lead them to the back. They seized some samples, and dumped the rest down the drain and down the toilet.
The agents were from the Fraser Health Authority, and the place was Barbara Schellenberg’s Ethical Kitchen.
The contraband was milk. Raw milk.
A day later a second group of agents executed a similar search and destroy at Schellenberg’s other location, the Controversial Kitchen on Commercial Drive in east Vancouver.
Though neither location used or sold raw milk, both offered a space for private raw milk exchanges, beyond the gaze of the authorities.
That was until Schellenberg’s restaurants became targets of a country-wide crackdown on the distribution of unpasteurized milk — a product considered hazardous by government and mainstream food scientists, but considered an immune-boosting, natural health product by raw milk enthusiasts.
Schellenberg’s source of raw milk — a Chilliwack dairy farm called Home on the Range, formerly run by Alice Jongerden and backed by more than 450 shareholders — became the scene of another crackdown.
On her leased property in the Fraser Valley Jongerden milked 20 Jerseys, filtered the milk, jarred it, and then her husband, Bert Jongerden, would deliver it to depots throughout the Lower Mainland where shareholders could pick it up….”