“Why would the U.S. Food and Drug Administration feel so threatened by a scientific assessment of research on raw milk out of Europe that it would bully a dairy group into forcing the article’s removal from a major university’s web site?
After all, the assessment wasn’t revealing anything that lots of people didn’t already know. The most recent of the findings, the GABRIELA study, has been out for more than a year now, postulating that it could well be a protein in milk–damaged or destroyed by pasteurization–that confers protective effects on children from allergies and asthma.
And interfering with the academic freedom of a major university like the University of California, Davis, is not a trivial matter, even for a bullying organization like the FDA. There had to have been a number of approvals necessary before the dairy group’s head, John Sheehan, did the dirty deed.
My guess is that the FDA wanted to send a clear message to the dairy industry that any thoughts its members might be having about exploring even the most minimal shift to raw milk won’t be tolerated. Even though dairy processors have been as opposed as the FDA to raw milk, the dairy farmers are another matter.
They’ve gone along with what the processors want, since they know well where their milk checks come from. But as ever more dairies flounder and fail in the face of insufficient pricing, well, more dairies are beginning to think the unthinkable.
The California Dairy Research Foundation foundation says it is “governed by seven directors. The representatives of the Board of Directors are drawn from key producer and processor organizations…” But if you look at the seven board members, five are from dairies….”