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...
(Excerpt) Read more at washingtontimes.com ...
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.
Agenda 21 plan.
You're not lying. It is addictive. I'm serious.
well I hate drinking milk but love ice cream. Still if the lactose tolerant wanna drink the stuff the goobermint should butt out.
Isn’t it? Once you have the real thing, the stuff they try to pass off for milk at the grocery tastes like water.
The federal is acting foolishly on behalf of large corporations. Every time I can I purchase from local farmers. These guys sicken me.
Freedom is dead.
Government is the religion of the fascists.
That would pretty much be every human being that ever lived prior to the year 1800.
And we drank out of lead cups at one time too. There was a reason why out great great great great grandfathers came up with pasteurization.
Amish farmers => independent from government
“Amish” yutes => very dependent on government
The former are considered enemies of said government, whilst the latter are friends.
the eighteenth amendment prohibited the manufacture, sale, and transportation of all intoxicating liquors as well as the importation or exportation of them.
Anti-government extremists opposed to taxes and regulations pose a growing threat to local law enforcement officers in the United States, the FBI warned on Monday. These extremists, sometimes known as sovereign citizens, believe they can live outside any type of government authority, FBI agents said at a news conference. And the most epic line ever written: The extremists may refuse to pay taxes, defy government environmental regulations and believe the United States went bankrupt by going off the gold standard.
The Amish MUST assimilate and be absorbed.
Amish are the new Kulaks.
And in particular - stay the heck out of what I choose to eat or to feed my family. I do NOT need or want the FDA deciding what is safe or not safe for me to consume, since they are A-Ok with all manner of substances that I consider to be totally and completely NOT safe or beneficial.
May God give us strength.
I do love it, and I was NEVER a milk drinker before trying it. I don’t know what that white stuff they sell in the stores is, but it isn’t milk : o
Dear Lord, grant us strength.
Let me see... the government is okay with releasing terrorists confined at GITMO but wants to lock up Amish farmers for selling natural milk to people who want to buy it?
Yep. That sounds right. I am SOOOO glad we have the government protecting us.
I looked that statement up and found a part of what may have been the problem is something called "Campylobacter", a bacterial infection that may result in diarhea, stomach pain and fever.
The article you cited added the word " Campylobacter" only because it is first cousin to salmonella.
I'm generally too laxzy (I think I'll let that typo stand ... I think it is more descriptive ..) to bullet point what I read, but if one searches the word, you may come to the conclusion that Campylobacter might be something to be concerned about.
More than one article states the problem may be prevented by washing your hands.
Campylobacter ... seems no more harmful that the flu that may kill you, a broken bone, not/or improperly set could cripple you and/or not brushing your teeth might cause your teeth to fall out.
More people get sick and/or die from FDA-approved prescription drugs than from raw milk. This is NOT a health issue, it is a government control issue, like everything these days.
“the eighteenth amendment prohibited the manufacture, sale, and transportation of all intoxicating liquors as well as the importation or exportation of them.”
Which was repealed by the 21st Amendment.
government isn’t about protecting “us”,
it’s about protecting the ruling class.
And those pesky folks that attempt to be “independent” are going to be a real thorn in their side some day.
Pasteurization is mainly scalding milk, which was used early on (1700's) to extend it's use. The process was commercialized in the late 1800's to extend shelf life, and yes the scalding kills bacteria as well. It was used more for commercial interests than safety issues, but fresh milk from a healthy cow and clean workers is not harmful.
I’ll bet that in Cuba you can drink any damn milk you choose.
Accepting their premise is foolish.
Never answer a fool in his folly, or you will be like him yourself.
The issue isn’t about safety, not in the least.
That’s disgusting. Thanks for the post/link.
CONN. CASES JOIN HUNDREDS HOSPITALIZED "Less than 1 percent of the dairy products consumed in the United States are unpasteurized, yet more than 50% of dairy-associated outbreaks are linked to unpasteurized products," said Gould, who was not involved in the new investigation.
From 1993 to 2006, she added in an e-mail, outbreaks related to raw milk and cheese and yogurt made from it have been tied to 1571 illnesses, 202 hospitalizations and two deaths.
Read more: http://www.foxnews.com/health/2010/11/26/study-beware-e-coli-drinking-raw-milk/#ixzz1mIXAby4b
I was raised on raw milk and butter, I’m 57.
But it was my aunt’s cow’s milk and butter, not bought.
Soon, the Feds will put a stop to that, even.
Obama Edict # 53958.197:
No person residing within the United States may consume raw milk or milk products from any source.
But there is no milk to choose..............
Unfortunately, there are some that truly enjoy this kind of work.