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The War Over Raw Milk, A Battle Heats Up

July 21, 2010 by staff 

The War Over Raw Milk, A Battle Heats UpThe War Over Raw Milk, A Battle Heats Up, In the holy war on raw milk, the lives of our children are involved, or when the faithful of each side of the battlefield claims. And if you were the club to buy food Rawesome on June 30, when police officers in Los Angeles, officials from the Federal Bureau of Investigation, Food and Drug Administration and at least one Canadian agency hit at the door, gun in hand, you may think the war was more literal than figurative. As a member Rawesome said: “Why do you need guns?” When the enemy is, as far as anyone can tell, millions of microbes too small for the human eye to see, and surely the ball to destroy the man.

The FDA has long banned the interstate sale of raw milk, and many states restrict or prohibit the sale of raw milk over. Raw milk drinkers and potential sellers, who had already purchased raw milk through legal loopholes began to organize in early 2010, filing a lawsuit against the FDA claiming that the ban on interstate sales is unconstitutional. The FDA said in late April, insisting that “the plaintiffs have no fundamental right to obtain the food they want.” The case is currently pending while the crackdown continues.

The raw milk debate

The Raw Milk is milk that has not been heated to at least 145 degrees, hot enough to kill living beings present in the milk of all mammals. These enzymes and bacteria have been shown to strengthen the immune system, development of healthy bacteria in the intestines and reduce the chances of everything from respiratory disease to obesity. All that yogurt manufacturers say about “good” bacteria in yogurt is also true of raw milk.

Pasteurization, on the other hand, destroys both good and bad bacteria (eg E. coli), but with the homogenization (a process in which the fat globules in cream are broken to such a small size that ‘they remain suspended evenly in the milk), milk can be transported over long distances and have a shelf life much longer. The widespread use of pasteurization and homogenization mean that dairies are no longer necessary to deal directly with consumers, as in the days after delivery in glass bottles of milk at home.

As the FDA sees the greatest benefit of pasteurization is the virtual elimination of the dangers of bacterial infections. It was a great source of concern in the late nineteenth century, the dairies have moved closer to the cities to provide food for the newly industrial and urban population. But neighborhoods concentrated cows and regime change has caused a disease start to spread. Pasteurization, scientists say, the sharp reduction of its spread.

The FDA officially banned the interstate sale of raw milk in 1987, but it was not until 2006 that the so-called “repression” began. Ministries of agriculture in several states, with the help of the FDA, began staging raids of small dairies and buying clubs that were “filled with agents undercover operations, Surprise raids, the results questionable test-lab, mysterious illnesses, propaganda blitz, and grand jury investigations, “wrote journalist David Gumpert, who followed the war of raw milk and wrote a book on the subject.

A movement takes shape

By the 1970s, advocates of healthy eating and the sick seeking remedies began to consume raw milk as a health-giving tonic. At that time, Dr. Aajonus Vonderplanitz (with Cookbook author Sally Fallon) came to the conclusion that the consumption of raw milk from cows that are raised for food of a ruminant – grass and clover, and not much much – and may well be the basic treaties of the most nutritious food possible – and a movement was born.

Vonderplanitz said he was “fighting against” the government’s efforts against raw milk since 1977. He started an organization called the right to choose healthy foods, where he taught first Foodista how they can circumvent rules governing trade, and especially international trade, holding in private clubs and animals leasing. Cow tenants pay upfront and pay the boarding fees in progress “for the board, care and animal feed, and harvesting the product by trafficking. Vonderplanitz As seen, those who consume raw milk from the animal they are leasing are not subject to the jurisdiction of U.S. agricultural and trade ministries and the FDA, which in many States, restricted or prohibited even the sale of raw milk to consumers.

Vonderplanitz organization also manages the Rawesome Club in Venice, California, and has chapters throughout the U.S. and “few” in Canada. The private buying club, which sells only raw foods for which you must pay a membership fee and sign a waiver to join has been challenged once before. In 2005, an official of the Los Angeles County Department of Health came on the property. The officer examined the food and issued a summons to the organization because she had no driver’s health, to have food without labels and other charges. (Vonderplanitz denies his need for a health permit because he said is not required Rawesome trade.)

Vonderplanitz wrote a letter to the Ministry of Health on County July 22, 2005 stating that the health worker was illegally trespassing, and notice of hearing to the day after the visit was “without legal basis” . He never heard of, “he said, until June 30, 2010.

Firearms and dairy products

Shortly after Rawesome opened June 30, nearly a dozen police officers in Los Angeles (with guns drawn), a senior investigator for the District Attorney’s City, an environmental health specialist for LA Environmental Health Food and Dairy Food Inspection Program Office, an investigator for the FDA in the United States, District of Los Angeles, a security officer for the FDA Consumer Import Operations Branch Los Angeles District, and an investigator in the special surveillance for animal health state of California and Food Safety Services California Department of Food and Agriculture, and two other people without cards visits which were identified as, respectively, the FBI and the Canadian Department of Agriculture highly knocked on the door, members Rawesome say. The police searched the premises and seized 17 large coolers of milk and other dairy products.

The warrant claims that the property “was used as the means of committing a crime.” The only items on the search warrant were dairy products. The same day, one farmer who supplies raw goat milk Rawesome members was also attacked by about 20 government officials. His computer was seized, his third computer, that is, two previous computers have been seized and never returned, in 2008 and 2009.

Besides the list of agencies, Sandi Gibbons, Public Information Officer Office of the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s, would say only that the case was initiated by the FDA in California, and it was “in part of a criminal investigation underway involving the state and local investigators. ”

As dangerous as Romaine, pistachios and Sushi?

Even Bill Marler, a lawyer who made his name representing victims of foodborne illness, especially raw milk, recently wrote that the actions by the FDA did not make sense given the relatively small number outbreaks of illness from raw dairy products – less than 1% of foodborne outbreaks. Marler asked on his blog last month, “the raw milk is treated unfairly? Ministries of Health introduced the hammer down on raw milk, while giving a free passage to other dangerous products? “His answer was:” Yes. ”

Occasionally, people get sick after drinking raw milk. But the number of people sickened by raw milk compared to other foods does not justify the FDA emphasized the costly campaign. Marler highlights five cases of spinach and romaine lettuce-related diseases in which, despite the sickening of about 200 people, there was no advertising or recalls initiated by the FDA. Yet, while some pages on the details of the FDA’s website “The dangers of raw milk, it does not exist on the” dangers of spinach (or lettuce, tomatoes and green onions .)

No government regulation of interstate commerce in peanuts, kale, cantaloupe, or have been proposed, although many are still many people sickened by eating these foods. Sushi, raw food, which offers greater opportunity for diseases that raw milk is legal in 50 states, too. French restaurants everywhere serving steak tartare, a dish of raw ground beef, with nary so much as an appetizer plate before. However, the FDA is firm. And even if the former head of the FDA food safety David Acheson recommended removing the ban on interstate sales (for reasons that “motivated individuals” continue to buy raw milk, no matter what, increased risk of contamination), it appears that the agency will eventually have its day in court.

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