FDA Protects Us From Terror of Unpasteurized Milk
I don’t know about you, but I sleep easier now knowing that our FDA has declared war on unpasteurized milk in America! It is not enough the US Government is fighting the war on terror (oxymoron) in dozens of countries, the war on drugs, the war on cybercrime, and now the war on unpasteurized milk. Yes, our tax dollars are hard at work, ladies and gentlemen.
For those just joining us, the results so far of these wars is economic collapse. Small business is the only hope for America now otherwise we might as well sign our souls to whomever owns our debt.
I am not sure that unarmed Amish & Quakers or any milk guild selling unpasteurized milk & cheese should be “taken down” with automatic weapons at the ready. These are Americans trying to make a living. FDA should educate food producers or show proof positive that adverse events/deaths have occurred from their dairy farm’s product — then go in without the guns blazing. Check the Constitution: innocent until proven guilty still applies.
As a former inspector, I understand and did my duty when individuals knowingly caused harm 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 or blending raw eggs into a protein drink. An estimated 9 million individuals choose to drink raw milk each year with low ill effect (estimate by CDC, May 2011).
The CDC is a branch of HHS and tied to FDA; why are they on opposite sides of the table on this issue? This is waste and politics at work with numerous health related issues causing death and disease waiting for FDA’s attention. What is the real problem (Milk lobby)?
I do not 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 milk that is unpasteurized depend 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 get food regulation compliance.
Work with the market FDA, it’s your duty.