Feds Sting Amish Farmer Selling Raw Milk Locally

Raw milk. Photo: Jgharston (CC)

Raw milk. Photo: Jgharston (CC)

Stephan Dinan writes for The Washington Times:

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.

The product in question: unpasteurized milk.

It’s a battle that’s been going on behind the scenes for years, with natural foods advocates arguing that raw milk, as it’s also known, is healthier than the pasteurized product, while the Food and Drug Administration says raw milk can carry harmful bacteria such as salmonella, E. coli and listeria.

“It is the FDA’s position that raw milk should never be consumed,” said Tamara N. Ward, spokeswoman for the FDA, whose investigators have been looking into Rainbow Acres for months, and who finally last week filed a 10-page complaint in federal court in Pennsylvania seeking an order to stop the farm from shipping across state lines any more raw milk or dairy products made from it.

The farm’s owner, Dan Allgyer, didn’t respond to a message seeking comment, but his customers in the District of Columbia and Maryland were furious at what they said was government overreach.

“I look at this as the FDA is in cahoots with the large milk producers,” said Karin Edgett, a D.C. resident who buys directly from Rainbow Acres. “I don’t want the FDA and my tax dollars to go to shut down a farm that hasn’t had any complaints against it. They’re producing good food, and the consumers are extremely happy with it.”…

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  • Hadrian999

    fucking Nazis, raw milk is awesome

  • Hadrian999

    fucking Nazis, raw milk is awesome

  • Hadrian999

    fucking Nazis, raw milk is awesome

  • Hadrian999

    fucking Nazis, raw milk is awesome

  • Hadrian999

    fucking Nazis, raw milk is awesome

  • http://hormeticminds.blogspot.com/ Chaorder Gradient

    You mean that same raw milk that tastes better, is arguably healthier, and lasts longer than pasteurized milk? That raw milk?

  • http://hormeticminds.blogspot.com/ Chaorder Gradient

    You mean that same raw milk that tastes better, is arguably healthier, and lasts longer than pasteurized milk? That raw milk?

  • JoiquimCouteau

    Good old Pasteur, still fucking us over after over a century.

  • Anonymous

    Good old Pasteur, still fucking us over after over a century.

  • Thejakeyl88

    And people wonder why I’m so bitter. A town in Maine recently voted to remove themselves from all that food FDA nazi stuff, and they did it legally, so now they have no FDA oversight or regulation, and its all legal.

  • Thejakeyl88

    And people wonder why I’m so bitter. A town in Maine recently voted to remove themselves from all that food FDA nazi stuff, and they did it legally, so now they have no FDA oversight or regulation, and its all legal.

  • Notimpressed

    “I look at this as the FDA is in cahoots with the large milk producers,”

    Yeah, and if we had our own food supplies, that would scare the bejesus out of them.

  • Notimpressed

    “I look at this as the FDA is in cahoots with the large milk producers,”

    Yeah, and if we had our own food supplies, that would scare the bejesus out of them.

  • FreedomMan

    This is ridiculous. As long as the bottle is labeled “unpasteurized”, which it is, then we Americans should be given the freedom to choose to drink or not to drink the milk in question. Unless this has to do with the dumbing down of America where the government rightfully thinks that people cannot read and will buy this milk thinking that it is “pasteurized”. Geez….

  • FreedomMan

    This is ridiculous. As long as the bottle is labeled “unpasteurized”, which it is, then we Americans should be given the freedom to choose to drink or not to drink the milk in question. Unless this has to do with the dumbing down of America where the government rightfully thinks that people cannot read and will buy this milk thinking that it is “pasteurized”. Geez….

  • Anonymous

    If this was not such a crime it would be hilarious. A “Sting” operation over milk? Maybe next they’ll call in the predator drones.

    If its clearly labeled unpasteurized, let them drink all the “salmonella” they want. Frankly, its probably a superior product…

  • GoodDoktorBad

    If this was not such a crime it would be hilarious. A “Sting” operation over milk? Maybe next they’ll call in the predator drones.

    If its clearly labeled unpasteurized, let them drink all the “salmonella” they want. Frankly, its probably a superior product…

    • dddjjj

      it is.

  • Saywhat

    Hope someone cued up the track to COPS when they did this bust…

  • Saywhat

    Hope someone cued up the track to COPS when they did this bust…

  • dddjjj

    it is.

  • tom hostetter

    I talked to an Amish friend yesterday, he informed me that the farmer had sold one of his cows to the person who was buying the milk. So the feds. could not bring charges against the farmer since he was delivering the persons own milk. they are not dumb people!

  • tom hostetter

    I talked to an Amish friend yesterday, he informed me that the farmer had sold one of his cows to the person who was buying the milk. So the feds. could not bring charges against the farmer since he was delivering the persons own milk. they are not dumb people!

  • tom hostetter

    I talked to an Amish friend yesterday, he informed me that the farmer had sold one of his cows to the person who was buying the milk. So the feds. could not bring charges against the farmer since he was delivering the persons own milk. they are not dumb people!

  • tom hostetter

    I talked to an Amish friend yesterday, he informed me that the farmer had sold one of his cows to the person who was buying the milk. So the feds. could not bring charges against the farmer since he was delivering the persons own milk. they are not dumb people!

  • tj

    To add some context to this,here in ‘the city too busy to hate’ you can observe the crack dealers openly doing window transactions and the hookers and dope runners will block your way as you simply try to drive on the road-watch the APD,Fulton and Dekalb PD pointedly ignoring them as they zip by in their cars! Just try to flag them down,they will not see you.Call 911 and you will get attitude and open,raw hostility from them for making them do their jobs.

    No exaggeration,come and check it out for yourself….

  • tj

    To add some context to this,here in ‘the city too busy to hate’ you can observe the crack dealers openly doing window transactions and the hookers and dope runners will block your way as you simply try to drive on the road-watch the APD,Fulton and Dekalb PD pointedly ignoring them as they zip by in their cars! Just try to flag them down,they will not see you.Call 911 and you will get attitude and open,raw hostility from them for making them do their jobs.

    No exaggeration,come and check it out for yourself….

  • rsorensen

    Now here is a true threat to national security !??! Our tax dollars at work protecting us.

  • http://www.facebook.com/robertsorensensf Robert Sorensen

    Now here is a true threat to national security !??! Our tax dollars at work protecting us.

  • God

    Doesn’t really affect me I’m lactose intolerant.

  • God

    Doesn’t really affect me I’m lactose intolerant.