I don’t know about you, but I sleep easier now knowing that our Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has declared war on unpasteurized milk in the United States [Editors note: also see Fox News, NaturalNews.com]. It’s not enough that the U.S. government is fighting the war on terror (an oxymoron) in dozens of countries, as well as the war on drugs, and the war on cyber-crime. It’s now fighting the war on unpasteurized milk. Yes, our tax dollars are hard at work, ladies and gentlemen.
For those just joining us, the results of these wars so far is economic collapse. Small business is the only hope for America now; otherwise, we may as well sign our souls over to whoever owns our debt.
I am not sure that unarmed Amish and Quakers or any milk guild selling unpasteurized milk and cheese should be “taken down” with automatic weapons at the ready. These are Americans trying to make a living. The FDA should educate food producers or show proof positive that adverse events and deaths have occurred from a dairy farm’s product—then go in without the guns blazing. Check the U.S. Constitution: Innocent until proven guilty still applies.
As a former inspector for the FDA, I understand and did my duty when individuals knowingly or by acute negligence caused harm to another human. But I feel ashamed to be associated with the FDA with this brand of overkill.
The burden of proof is on the government to show willful harm to the public. I have not seen the bodies stacking up from individuals drinking unpasteurized milk or blending raw eggs into a protein drink. About 9 million individuals choose to drink raw milk each year with low ill effect. The raw milk consumption figure is based on a FoodNet survey conducted by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) that shows about 3 percent of the population drank raw milk in 2007.
[Editors note: CDC data on raw milk illness and death can be found here.]
The CDC is a branch of the U.S. Dept. of Health and Human Services (HHS) and tied to the FDA. Why are they on opposite sides of the table on this issue? This is waste and politics at work when numerous other health-related issues are causing death and disease and waiting for the FDA’s attention. What is the real problem? The milk lobby?
I don’t condone “risky” behavior. However, this is America, and we can choose to live on the edge for freedom of choice. How about making the consumer sign a waiver noting that they’ve been informed about the possible dangers and let them choose?
The possible dangers associated with consuming unpasteurized milk depends on the age of the consumer. Vulnerable populations are susceptible to bacteria and viruses found in unpasteurized milk. How do we know these individuals purchasing the “bad milk” are not heating or cooking this milk before consuming it? The market sells many raw foods meant for cooking, and there are many ways to achieve food-regulation compliance.
Work with the market, FDA. It’s your duty.
This article first appeared on the AssurxBlog.