FDA Continues to Harass Raw Milk Providers
December 09, 2006
A "raid" was conducted earlier this year during a drop-off of raw milk in a Cincinnati parking lot. Approximately eight FDA agents, along with four Cincinnati police officers, stopped the truck of a Kentucky farmer and began confiscating bottles of raw milk.
The lawmen tried to force the farmer into a "confession," but the farmer merely stated what he offered to his shareholders and that the milk wasn't pasteurized.
The situation became so traumatic for the farmer that he was hospitalized several times for stress issues. Fortunately, several of the farmer's loyal shareholders took charge temporarily in his place to milk the cows, bottle the milk and drive his product to market as he recuperated.
Kentucky officials decided against filing charges after a meeting of its Milk Safety Board, but Ohio officials decided otherwise. To avoid a draining legal battle, the farmer opted to plead guilty to labeling and licensing laws and paid a fine. The FDA sent him a letter warning about interstate deliveries.