A TRIUMPH FOR REAL FOOD IN PENNSYLVANIA! Because enough of us members of C.A.R.E. spoke up, the new dairy regulations were defeated by a vote of 3 to 2 at the Independent Regulatory Review Commission. Yay!
— report by Duncan Alderson via Facebook
No corroborating reports seem to be appearing yet in the mainstream media, at least not that we can find on the internets.
10:35 am — More on this thanks to a comment from Winton Pitcoff. The following is from the Pennsylvania Association for Sustainable Agriculture website:
“Dear PASA members
Yesterday was one of the most extraordinary days in the history of the Local Food Movement here in Pennsylvania or anywhere. In applying a highly technical legal maneuver they referred to openly as “common sense,” the Pennsylvania Independent Regulatory Review Commission (IRRC) voted to reject the latest “final” draft of Milk Sanitation regulations, sending them back to the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture (PDA) with a request that the regulations be divided between those applied to commercial milk supplies and those governing the production and sale of raw milk for human consumption. Resubmission of at least the first section may occur later this fall, before the current legislature retires. The IRRC also took the bold step of suggesting that PDA “please sit down with these people,” who are affected by the raw milk regulations, to see what their concerns happen to be. Continue reading