If someone wants to assume the responsibility for their actions and purchase raw milk, do we need a nanny government stepping in?
Do you see this as consistent with the Obama administration's "hands off" approach in other areas? (read article for more)
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 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.”
The FDA’s actions stand in contrast to other areas where the Obama administration has said it will take a hands-off approach to violations of the law, including the use of medical marijuana in states that have approved it, and illegal-immigrant students and youths, whom the administration said recently will not be targets of their enforcement efforts.Answer Question
Answer by Anonymous at 11:59 AM on Apr. 29, 2011
Answer by Carpy at 12:03 PM on Apr. 29, 2011
Answer by annabarred at 12:04 PM on Apr. 29, 2011
Answer by annabarred at 12:07 PM on Apr. 29, 2011
yes..lets not have any health standards so you can drink your raw milk and endanger others lives
Answer by sweet-a-kins at 12:14 PM on Apr. 29, 2011
The thought of drinking any liquid animal product makes me want to heave.... while I think a family should be able to produce and nourish their OWN family with what ever kind of products that they choose, I do think the FDA is correct in regulating what a producer can sell or give to others. I have a healthy respect for food bore pathogens-
Answer by Sisteract at 12:23 PM on Apr. 29, 2011
I find most of what government does an overreach. I guess this is what happens when you depend on government to make all of your decisions for you.
Answer by QuinnMae at 12:29 PM on Apr. 29, 2011
. I guess this is what happens when you depend on government to make all of your decisions for you.
Again with broad brush.
Give.it.up. We are civilized country and we have rules and responsibilities. It's no longer the wild,wild west. Also, life involves gradations, it's not all black, white, right or wrong. Did you vaccinate your kids? Or was that too much government interference too? Do you stop at red lights, or is that too much government control too?
Answer by Sisteract at 12:41 PM on Apr. 29, 2011
The FDA’s actions stand in contrast to other areas where the Obama administration has said it will take a hands-off approach to violations of the law, including the use of medical marijuana in states that have approved it, and illegal-immigrant students and youths, whom the administration said recently will not be targets of their enforcement efforts.
I suppose our government agencies should lead by example. If they want the people to follow the laws, they should start enforcing them equally. I suppose it's easier to bully one farmer at a time instead of deporting illegal immigrants and enforcing drug laws.
Answer by QuinnMae at 12:50 PM on Apr. 29, 2011
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