Baylen J. Linnikin in The Washington Times:
“Federal agents watched the home closely for a year, gathering evidence. Then, in a pre-dawn raid, armed members from three agencies swooped in.
No, this is not a retelling of the lightning U.S. commando attack in Abbottabad, Pakistan, that killed terrorist leader Osama bin Laden. Rather, the target of the raid late last month by U.S. marshals, a state police trooper and inspectors from the Food and Drug Administration(FDA) was Amish farmer Dan Allgyer of Kinzers, Pa. His so-called “crime” involved nothing more than providing unpasteurized, or raw, dairy milk to eager consumers here in the Washington area. Continue reading
From Stephan Dinan in the Washington Times:
Photo via Bloomberg News The FDA headquarters stand in Silver Spring, Maryland.
“A yearlong sting operation, including aliases, a 5 a.m. surprise inspection and surreptitious purchases from an Amish farm in Pennsylvania, culminated in the federal government announcing this week that it has gone to court to stop Rainbow Acres Farm from selling its contraband to willing customers in the Washington area. Continue reading
Jordan Heller, writing for “The Daily”, a “newspaper” for the ipad:
“Wearing a black-brimmed country hat, suspenders and an Amish beard, “Samuel” unloaded his contraband from an unmarked white truck on a busy block in Manhattan. He was at the tail end of a long smuggling run that had begun before dawn at his Pennsylvania farm. Continue reading
From David E. Gumpert at the Complete Patient blog:
[from a communique from “The Family Cow” raw milk farm in Pennsylvania, which does regular pathogen testing above and beyond government requirements] — “….”Just a few hrs ago, QC Laboratories, the laboratory we use for our voluntary, beyond-the-state-requirement pathogen testing, has reported the presence of Campylobacter in a sample of milk we sent them almost three weeks ago. I’ve spoken with state officials and they report there are no illnesses, but we still want you to know what we found. The milk in which the campylobacter was found was bottled on 1/10/11 and carries a ‘Best by’ date of 1/25. If you still have milk with this ‘Best by’ date, please discard it. Although, with milk that old, it’s probably long gone.
“There is no reason to believe that more than this date code of milk was effected, yet out of abundance of caution we are, as of today, voluntarily halting sales of raw milk from The Family Cow until we get a clear test. We are running two tests now on milk that was bottled since the positive sample. We will be in communication when we are ready to resume sales. We expect to have the test results back early next week. Sorry for the inconvenience, but we feel it would be remiss and irresponsible to continue to sell even though there have been no illnesses.” Continue reading
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
Here’s an excerpt of the story from Bob Unruh, of World Net Daily:
“Federal agents invaded an Amish farm in Pennsylvania at 5 a.m. to inspect cow-milking facilities then followed up the next day with a written notice that the farmer was engaged in interstate sale of raw milk in violation of the Public Health Services Act.
A failure to correct the situation could result in “seizure and/or injunction,” the warning letter from Kirk Sooter, district director of the Philadelphia office of the Department of Health and Human Services, told farmer Dan Allgyer of Kinzers, Pa., on Wednesday.
The farm invaded Tuesday is the one agents visited in February, driving past “Private Property” signs to demand Allgyer open his property for their inspection, saying, “You have cows. You produce food for human consumption.” Continue reading
Whole Foods has been in the news on a couple of topics lately regarding food freedom and indirect suppression of consumer voices. First here’s an excerpt from David E. Gumpert’s recent Complete Patient post about how the talk about Whole Foods bringing raw milk back into their stores, once insurance and production standards issues had been sorted out, seems to be ringing false:
Home page of Organic Consumer Association, another group that's impacted by Whole Foods.
“Forget all that talk about Whole Foods developing raw milk standards and bringing unpasteurized milk back to its stores in California, Pennsylvania, Washington, and Connecticut. Continue reading