Skip to comments.Feds shut down Amish farm for selling fresh milk
Posted on 02/13/2012 11:25:53 AM PST by Red Badger
The FDA has won its two-year fight to shut down an Amish farmer who was selling fresh, raw milk to eager consumers in the Washington region, after a judge this month banned Daniel Allgyer from selling his milk across state lines, and he told his customers he'll shut his farm down altogether.
The decision has enraged Mr. Allgyer's supporters, some of whom have been buying from him for six years and who say the government is interfering with their parental rights to feed their children. But the Food and Drug Administration, which launched a full investigation complete with a 5 a.m. surprise inspection and a straw-purchase sting operation against Mr. Allgyer's Rainbow Acres Farm, near Lancaster, said unpasteurized milk is unsafe and said it was exercising its due authority to stop its sale from one state to another.
Adding to Mr. Allgyer's troubles, Judge Lawrence F. Stengel said if he is found to violate the law again he will have to pay the FDA's costs for investigating and prosecuting him.
His customers are wary of talking publicly, fearing the FDA will come after them.
"I can't believe in 2012 the federal government is raiding Amish farmers at gunpoint all over a basic human right to eat natural food," said one, who asked not to be named but who got weekly shipments of eggs, milk, honey and butter from Rainbow Acres. "In Maryland, they force taxpayers to pay for abortions, but God forbid we want the same milk our grandparents drank."
The FDA, though, said the judge made the right call in halting Mr. Allgyer's cross-border sales.
"Intrastate sale of raw milk is allowed in Pennsylvania, and Mr. Allgyer had previously received a warning letter advising him that interstate sale of raw milk for human consumption is illegal," said Siobhan DeLancey...
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I see. We can’t secure the border but we can send armed troops to stop an Amish farmer from selling fresh milk.
Milk War, Gun War, Drug War, Internet War, Religion Rights War, Sugar War, Medical War, Gas/Oil War, Coal War, Pipeline War.............
Please add the name of your favorite war here................
First they came for the Amish......now they are coming for the Catholics.
Absolute insanity. Get the government out of our lives.
Such is the tyranny under which we now live.
Personal liberty war......
I never thought we would have Prohibition for . . . milk!
Govt cries over spilt milk.
Obummer the Milquetoast.
This is the Tyranny of Statists, Libertarian Ping
Not one mention of any illness caused by this milk.
I abhor the government wielding power just because it can.
Raw milk can be problematic, but it’s being sold across this nation. Has there been major problems? Not generally. If done properly, it’s okay.
You’ve got some dumb-ass judge and some pencil pushing power hungry government lackeys, trying to rule the peons here.
Promise the government $3.00 per bottle, and watch how fast this “danger to the public” evaporates.
Wrong, first they came for the smokers and private businesses/clubs that allowed smoking. People did protest about private business and property rights but everyone fell for the line about the health issue forsaking freedom. By the way, I am smoker and ask me if I care.
Feds shut down motherhood for illegal breastfeeding.
My mother was raised on raw milk from her cow Jenny and others. She`s 93.
My great uncle used to milk our nanny goat. He lived to be 98.
Raw milk is legal in Vermont.
Shut down the Amish farms and the Amish yutes will be roaming the city streets looking for elderly white people to rob and beat up and flash mobbing convenience stores to loot them! This is crazy!
Gov’t should say out of this.
That being said anyone drinking unpasteurized milk is a fool.
35 people in 4 states got sick last week from milk from a farm in PA.
Unpasteurized milk you get the germs for free.I value my kidney’s I guess.
we got swat teams raiding peoples homes for small personal amounts of pot.
we got swat teams raiding peoples homes for making their own liquor.
we got swat teams raiding peoples homes for possessing tax free cigarettes.
we got swat teams raiding peoples homes just because they can.
and now, they are raiding peoples homes for fresh, unpasteurized milk.
the war on drugs, the war on alcohol, the war on tobacco, and now the war on milk.
this is why I left the conservative movement, and became a small l libertarian. The constitution, as written, is the only way out of this madness.
well a few will sneak a cow into the deep woods and set a clandestine dealer network,maybe at one hundred a gallon
And we call ourselves a free people.