FDA Wins Its War Against Amish Milk Producer

Such a threat, those Amish. They drink the hard stuff that our agrarian grandparents drank.

The FDA has won its two-year fight to shut down an Amish farmer who was selling fresh, raw milk to eager consumers in the Washington region, after a judge this month banned Daniel Allgyer from selling his milk across state lines, and he told his customers he’ll shut his farm down altogether.

The decision has enraged Mr. Allgyer’s supporters, some of whom have been buying from him for six years and who say the government is interfering with their parental rights to feed their children. But the Food and Drug Administration, which launched a full investigation complete with a 5 a.m. surprise inspection and a straw-purchase sting operation against Mr. Allgyer’s Rainbow Acres Farm, near Lancaster, said unpasteurized milk is unsafe and said it was exercising its due authority to stop its sale from one state to another.

Adding to Mr. Allgyer’s troubles, Judge Lawrence F. Stengel said if he is found to violate the law again he will have to pay the FDA’s costs for investigating and prosecuting him.

His customers are wary of talking publicly, fearing the FDA will come after them.


That fear isn’t irrational. In the case of the Amish farmer, the FDA went to the trouble of setting up an interstate straw purchase  — of milk — using false information to establish its authority and then prosecute the case. Against Pennsylvania’s notorious, hard core milk syndicate kingpin. This Amish farmer is right up there with Escobar, don’t ya know.

Perhaps we need to publish a national milk carton search to find all of our lost freedoms.


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