LA Times story about the Rawsome raid refers to “so-called raw dairy products”

Stuart Pfeifer and P.J Huffstutter, in the LA Times:

Danielle Fetzer and Steven Pociunas, volunteers at Rawesome Foods in Venice, hug each other outside the store, whose owner was arrested Wednesday. (Genaro Molina, Los Angeles Times)

“The owner of a Venice health food market and two other people were arrested on charges related to the allegedly unlawful production and sale of unpasteurized dairy products, a spokesman for the Los Angeles County district attorney’s office said.

The arrests of James Cecil Stewart, Sharon Ann Palmer and Eugenie Bloch on Wednesday marked the latest effort in a government crackdown on the sale of so-called raw dairy products.

Prosecutors in Los Angeles alleged that Stewart, 64, operates a Venice market called Rawesome Foods through which he illegally sold dairy products that did not meet health standards because they were unpasteurized or were produced at unlicensed facilities.

Palmer, 51, has operated Healthy Family Farms in Santa Paula since 2007 without the required licensing for milk production, prosecutors allege. She and her company face nine charges related to the production of unpasteurized milk products.

Bloch, a Healthy Family Farms employee, is charged with three counts of conspiracy.

The arrests followed a one-year investigation during which undercover agents purchased unpasteurized dairy products from Healthy Family Farms stands in Los Angeles, Ventura and Santa Barbara counties, said Matthew Krasnowski, a district attorney spokesman. The products included unpasteurized goat milk, cheese and yogurt.

The arrests came the same week that federal and state health officials warned the public about a food-borne illness outbreak tied to ground turkey contaminated with antibiotic-resistant salmonella, an outbreak in which one Californian has died and 76 others have fallen ill so far….”

Read the whole story in the LA Times.

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10 responses to “LA Times story about the Rawsome raid refers to “so-called raw dairy products”

  1. thebovine

    Cryptogon.com, a New Zealand based news blog covers the story here: http://cryptogon.com/?p=23919

    “Agencies taking part in the ongoing investigation include the U.S. Food and Drug Administration; the California Franchise Tax Board; the California Department of Food and Agriculture’s Milk and Dairy Food Safety Branch and the department’s Division of Measurement Standards; the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office; the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health; the Ventura County Sheriff’s Department, the Ventura County Department of Public Health; the Los Angeles Police Department and the Los Angeles Department of Building and Safety.”

    “Public Health Officials today descended once again on a buying club, that specializes in raw foods. Club organizer, James Stewart was arrested at his home, the locks to his personal residence were changed, his papers, money and computer seized. At the same time, farmer Sharon Palmer and Weston A. Price Foundation volunteer chapter leader Victoria Bloch Coulter were arrested. All three were charged with Section 182A-Conspiracy to Commit a Crime. Bond for James Stewart was set at $123,000. Bail for Bloch is recommended at $60,000. Bail for Palmer is recommended at $121,000.

    All this, in a state where raw milk is perfectly legal to sell, and even available through retail stores. The issue seems to be the club’s use of a herdshare or boarding agreement for its dairy goats.”

  2. The FDA is criminal and treasonous and needs to be treated as such. Until these actors end up in jail there will be no justice.

    Have you not considered local Food Freedom Ordinances such as done in Maine and Oregon? With stiff criminal penalties for anyone that does what the FDA is doing.

  3. thebovine

    Latest update on Victoria Bloch, one of the three arrested:

    I love it! Will use!

    Thomas Bloch called me – he is on standby to pick up his wife as soon as she is truly released! He plans to have her call Gary Cox as soon as possible so he has the most accurate and up to date information about her experience. Thomas told me that the farm she works for has been raided three times and that they got rid of the goats as a result of the raids. Therefore, while at one time Victoria was involved with their goat herd share at some point, she hasn’t been involved in any raw milk distribution of any kind for some time as a result — this arrest appears to be based on “evidence” collected before the last raid. Of late, she only sells chickens and eggs on behalf of the farm.

    What an ordeal!

    Sandrine Hahn, Director
    Nourishing Our Children

  4. And people still think the media is not totally regulated! Why didn’t the LA times and all major media channels accurately cover this! I mean come on, 20 federal agents to raid a raw milk shop where it has been proven that raw milk is healthy for you! Wake up people, Obama is heading us into slavery, Bush started and he has taken it to a whole new level.

  5. When will people figure out this is not about “safety” at all?
    This is about who owns your body, you or the State?
    Not to mention the fact that the FDA is nowhere authorized in the Constitution.
    ————————-
    “If people let government decide what foods they eat and what medicines they take, their bodies will soon be in as sorry a state as are the souls of those who live under tyranny.” — Thomas Jefferson

  6. GEORGE

    I HOPE THAT THIS RAID OPENS THE EYES OF THE PEOPLE WHO VOTED FOR OBAMA. I DON’T BELIEVE THAT THIS IS WHAT THEY HAD IN MIND WITH THE “HOPE AND CHANGE” CRAP. I’M WORKING TOWARD BEING COMPLETELY OFF THE GRID SO I DON’T HAVE TO DEPEND ON ANYONE BUT MY SELF. I GREW UP DRINKING GOAT MILK AND RAW MILK AND I’M OK. BUT ONCE AGAIN THIS IS WHAT YOU GET WHEN YOU VOTE IN A COMMUNIST PRESIDENT. THE WRITING WAS ON THE WALL A LONG TIME BEFORE HE WAS ELECTED INTO OFFICE. PLEASE PEOPLE WAKE UP AND GET THIS MAN OUT OF OFFICE SO WE CAN GET BACK TO THE FREEDOMS THAT WE SO VERY MUCH DESERVE. WE MAY NOT ALWAYS AGREE ON THINGS BUT I BELIEVE WE CAN ALL AGREE…HE MUST GO!

    GUN TOTING RIGHT WING CONSERVATIVE (WHO BELIEVES THE HIPPIES SHOULD BE ABLE TO DRINK RAW MILK IF THEY WANT HELL I EVEN I LIKE IT)

    THE TEA PARTY WAS RIGHT AFTER ALL!

  7. Again George this is not about left or right. Neither side has ever protected any of our rights. This is about who owns our bodies. Please leave the parties out of it. They are just a divide and conquer tool to keep us fighting ourselves rather than them.

  8. I must agree with Joe. The so-called “Tea Party” is not your friend, or else they would not be fighting tooth and nail to keep the super wealthy and the corporations from paying their fair share of taxes.

    And the same goes for “O Bomb ‘Em.”

    We now have a single Corporate Party with two wings who compete for how much corporate money they can harvest. This mess started during eight years of rule by the Oil President, and it is continuing under the Bank President.

  9. Jan I find the tax thing a divide an conquer tactic also.

    Every one pays too much tax and there should not be any graduated tax at all. (Isn’t someone making twice what you make paying twice what you pay — enough? Why graduate it and make him pay 4 times what you pay?

    Spending less and spending only for Constitutionally mandated reasons should be front and center in the debate. Along with getting rid of the Fed, repudiating the debt, and going back to an honest commodity backed money system.

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