FDA Sting on Amish Rainbow Acres in Pennsylvania

Stepping across state lines to purchase raw milk is a federal offense already– even if it is legal in both states. The FDA is using this Amish family to prove their point. I think it might be time to start calling all these busts on families that produce fresh, nutritious, unprocessed milk to those that need it to maintain their health– religious persecution. – Augie

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Yesterday’ story was on the FDA-led SWAT-style 80 man army storming a health supplement business in Oregon. Our story tonight on the Amish FDA sting was in the Washington Time yesterday.

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.”

Read the full story in the Times. (and the many comments)

Take this FDA!

A word about this “dangerous” substance called fresh, whole unprocessed milk (targeted to be banned nationally by HHS/FDA/CDC by 2020)

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11 responses to “FDA Sting on Amish Rainbow Acres in Pennsylvania

  1. Augie, you may be a little ahead of the curve, or behind… homeschooling went through a period where only the Amish and those religious groups were the targets of the oppressive government forces. Then people began to recognize that government schools were horrible places and saw that homeschooling was a possibility. Next step was to make the progression from religious persecution charges to ‘sincerely and deeply help beliefs’ WHICH EVEN PROTECTED THE ATHEISTS who wanted their children to have excellent educations.

    However, with the DEBT CEILING on the headlines, there should be an enormous outcry of citizens over the total mis-spending of A YEAR’S WORTH OF GOVT EXECUTIVES SALARIES AND EXPENSES ON SUCH A HUGE RIDICULOUSNESS…. not to mention that other 80-man swat team sent out recently over such stupid ‘risks’…

    They got Al Capone on income tax evasion, money is a huge sore point right now and I doubt even the spenders can justify this sort of abuse of public tax monies. But I agree, we should add the ‘deeply and sincerely held beliefs’ prosecution to the ‘religious’ persecution.

  2. How are we to stop these Tyrants? Is The farm seeking Legal help? I hope so. We are slowly losing our Rights and Freedoms with these idiot Agencies. We must fight back people.

  3. You left a comment at Political Fail Blog about reposting my article about fluoride – yes, that’s fine. Sorry to be so slow getting back to you.

  4. Pingback: FDA Sting on Amish Rainbow Acres in Pennsylvania (via Journal of Living Food and Healing) « Minnesota Coalition for Food Sovereignty

  5. Aren’t there some drug dealers, murderers, or rapists they could be busting? Seriously??

  6. I have been hounded by the local and state government agencies for years. Two years ago I stopped selling anything. This year is my last year to produce anything. They have run me out of the business.

  7. When the hard times come the FDA will be begging for that raw milk. Leave those people alone. Im sure the Amish know what to do with the milk to make it safely edible. Im sure they know alot more than most of us on many things. Leave these poor Christian people alone. The economy is bad enough… must the u.s. make it worse for their own people???

  8. Here is the Letter to Rainbow Acres in Pennyslvania from the PA State Dept of Health:

    DELIVERED VIA UPS

    April 20, 2010

    Mr. Daniel L. Allgyer, Owner
    Rainbow Acres Farm
    26 S. Kinzer Road
    Kinzers, PA 17535

    Dear Mr. Allgyer:

    An investigation by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration has determined that you are causing to be delivered into interstate commerce, selling, or otherwise distributing raw milk in final package form for human consumption. Such distribution is a violation of the Public Health Service (PHS) Act, Title 42 United States Code, Section 264(a), and the implementing regulation codified in Title 21, Code of Federal Regulations (CFR), Section 1240.61(a). The regulation prohibits the delivery into interstate commerce of milk and milk products in final package form for direct human consumption unless they have been pasteurized. For your information, we have enclosed a copy of the regulation as it was published in the Federal Register, 52 FR 29509 (Aug 10, 1987).

    This letter is not intended to provide an all-inclusive list of violations. It is your responsibility to ensure adherence with all requirements of the PHS Act, Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act, and implementing regulations. For instance, you should ensure that your products are properly labeled. You should take prompt action to correct the above deviation and prevent any future recurrence. Failure to make prompt corrections could result in regulatory action without further notice. Possible actions include seizure and/or injunction.

    Please notify this office in writing within fifteen (15) working days of receipt of this letter of the specific steps you have taken to correct the noted violations, including an explanation of each step being taken to prevent the recurrence of similar violations. If corrective actions cannot be completed within 15 working days, state the reason for the delay and the time within which corrections will be completed.

    Your reply should be directed to Richard C. Cherry, Compliance Officer, at the above letterhead address. If you have any questions with regard to this letter, he can be reached at 215-717-3075 or Richard.Cheny@FDA.HHS.GOV.

    Sincerely,
    /S/
    Kirk Sooter
    District Director
    Philadelphia District

    cc: (b)(4)
    delivered via fax

    Pennsylvania State Department of Health
    132 Kline Plaza, Suite A
    Harrisburg, PA 17104

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