Group Protests FDA Targeting Of Raw Milk Farms

WASHINGTON, D.C. — A group of more than 1000 Washington, D.C. area and Maryland consumers said in a press release Tuesday that they are irate at the Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) attempt to shut down their food supply by conducting a sting operation on their private buying club.The Grassfed on The Hill Buying Club is a private group that contracts with an Amish farmer in Pennsylvania to obtain fresh milk and other products from his farm. The FDA planted a spy in the group in October of 2009 to gather evidence against the farmer for alleged illegal interstate commerce of raw milk, the group said.The group is protesting the claim that transportation of raw milk across state lines constitutes illegal interstate commerce.The Food and Drug Administration recently ordered the owners of the Rainbow Acres Farm in Kinzers, Pa. to stop selling raw, unpasteurized milk.The complaint alleges that Daniel Allgyer violated federal law by mis-branding the raw milk and selling it across state lines.The FDA’s investigation into the activities of the group and farmer has culminated in a civil suit being filed against Allgyer for introducing into interstate commerce raw milk intended for human consumption and giving Allgyer notice of a pending request for permanent injunction, the group said.“We have every right to obtain the foods of our choice from the producer of our choice based on our values,” said the group’s founder, Karine Bouis-Towe.“There is trust that is created and built between the farmer and consumer in this relationship. The FDA and other federal government agencies should not interfere in private, direct relationships between farmers and consumers.”

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