FDA Escalates War Against Amish Dairy Farmers

Press Release: For Immediate Release
December 17, 2011
Contact: Liz Reitzig, Co-founder, Farm Food Freedom Coalition
301-807-5063, lizreitzig@gmail.com www.FarmFoodFreedom.org, www.RawMilkFreedomRiders.com

FDA Escalates War Against Amish Dairy Farmers

Kinzers PA – The U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) apparent war on Amish raw dairy farmers increased on December 6 when they filed a “motion for summary judgment,” with Pennsylvania judge Lawrence Stengler asking for a permanent injunction against dairy farmer Dan Allgyer to forbid him from selling fresh milk out of state. FDA regulation 21 CFR §1240.61 criminalizes any selling of milk intended to cross state lines.

After a two year expensive, exhaustive undercover operation, including multiple armed raids on Allgyer’s farm, FDA agents and a team of ten federal lawyers amassed over two hundred and seventy-six pages of evidence allegedly proving what Allgyer openly admits, that he is selling fresh (raw, unpasteurized) milk to customers who knowingly carry the milk across state lines.

Thousands of Maryland customers who have been buying from Allgyer for years were the main focus for evidence during the investigation. In spite of the FDA raids and injunction filing, Allgyer has continued to support his customers’ needs for fresh milk and other farm foods, citing his God-given inalienable rights.

Like most Amish, Allgyer is reluctant to participant in the legal system, but he has chosen to respond and his response claims that the FDA action “has created a serious dilemma” by “violating [his] due process and equal protection under the law” and he “is prepared to proceed with a public court forum, if necessary.”

Should Stengler sign the motion, the injunction would not ban Allgyer from selling in Pennsylvania, but the Maryland families he supplies would lose their food source, he would lose his out-of-state business and would be subjected to strenuous regulation and unannounced, unlimited, unwarranted inspections at his expense, including costs of travel, food, lodging and per diems for inspectors. A single inspection could cost up to $10,000.
Allyger’s response argues that the FDA’s action, though classified as a civil action, is in reality “a quasi-criminal action…because of the severe sanctions and consequences that could occur as a result of the FDA investigation and the inspection” and as such “requires prior notice of the offense, probable cause and official complaint, which is totally lacking in this case.”

Organizers of the DC area-buying club Grassfed on the Hill, supplied by Allgyer, helped form the Raw Milk Freedom Riders in support of Allgyer and other farmers like him.

“The freedom riders are a group of consumers challenging the FDA’s regulation by engaging in deliberate civil disobedience. They demand the FDA cease prosecuting farmers and consumers for transporting raw milk across state lines,” says the group’s founder, Karine Bouis-Towe.

“The riders have staged two ‘freedom rides,’ on November 1 they took raw milk from Pennsylvania to FDA headquarters in Silver Spring, Maryland, then on December 8 they transported raw milk from Wisconsin to Chicago, Illinois both times distributing the milk. The FDA declined to prosecute in both cases.”

The action against Allgyer is the latest in a string of FDA persecutions of Amish dairy farmers in recent years.

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17 responses to “FDA Escalates War Against Amish Dairy Farmers

  1. WE THE GOVERNMENT of the United States of America, in order to control and enslave it’s people, are willing to band together all of the departments ( FDA, AMA, FCC, FEMA, FBI, POLICE, HOMELAND SECURITY, all MILITARY and most POLITICIANS etc…) to manipulate and setforth new laws every year to diminish the Freedoms and Rights of this Great Country that our forefathers worked so hard to Create and Defend. And now as we watch them eroed, not only our rights and freedoms but our health as well. Monsanto and the Drug companies as well as other organizations want to make sure we stay just sick enough so that we can still go to work for them to ensure their financial and fashist rule over US, the 99%. It Is time to change the guard on the 1%. The Politicians and Citizens that I see that make the most sense are RON PAUL, JESSE VENTURA, CLINT EASTWOOD and TED NUGENT, to name a few. But it seems that RUPERT MURDOCK and the rest of the 1% ruling class won’t give them a chance to speak to the American people the way that they let their own puppets speak to us. There for, most of 99% believe the puppets on mainstream TV. What a shame. However, it seems that more and more of the 99% are waking up to what IS going on. Yes the more our Country’s population grows the more laws are needed to keep things running smoothly and yes, a lot of these laws are nessesary. But alot of them are not ! Thank God we still have AMERICANS that are willing to do what is right and needed to reverse this negative trend to save this Country. Thank you RAW MILK FREEDOM RIDERS and the AMISH DAIRY FARMERS and ALL the PEOPLE that are fighting for the rights that have made this the Greatist Country in the world. Don;t give up, tell everyone you can what’s really going on. Remember, there are a lot more of us than there are of them. Let’s get organized. Screw facebook, it’s how they keep track of us. Mexico does not allow poison in there food, so why should we. Spend your money on quality food, not the crap they push on us everyday on TV. 99% of TV advertisings are LIES anyway. Get informed as to what is healthy and buy it. Starve them out. Protest, complain, don’t give in to their LIES. Know the TRUTH, it will set you FREE & Run them out of this Country.
    I just hope it’s not to late. LOVE, PEACE, and UNDERSTANDING to ALL !
    Thank you all for reading this, I hope you agree.
    LET’S DO THIS….IT’S TIME.

  2. I think a targetted effort to expose the corruption in the FDA, the cross-pollenation between Monsanto and the federal government, would go a long ways in fighting this fight. We all know it happens, but many would be surprised that there are more than a few involved. I simple google search will show the extent of this.
    When they (FDA) openly state that the consumer “does not have the right to consume the food of his choice”, then it is time to take them out of office.

  3. Is This Some Sort of “joke” That MONSANTO Spreader of Disease to All Nations is now POSING as “Health-Regulator”…when He is the Antithesis of HEALTH….It Is So Sadly Obvious–that The Amish Cow is simply A THREAT To Monsantos Sense of Agricultural-Supremacy….if he sees another “penny” He Grabs The Cow By The throat–if left to MONSANTO All Happy Free Amish Pasture Cows treated in Love and Friendship–would be ENSLAVED and INJECTED….Once Upon A Davenport, Iowa I was Raised on ORGANIC Farm-Fresh RAW Goats Milk….and Even NOW At THIRTY I Thank My Mother for giving me The Gift of Immunity!–for MILK in its *PURIST State and *ONLY In Its Purest State (which means entirely untouched by the corruption of MONSANTO)….Was as Many Ghandis in India and Tribals in Africa KNOW….Intended To–for Optimal Nutritional Standards Consumed RAW…there is also a SPIRITUAL Group Largely Based in CALIFORNIA That Has A Deep-Rooted Conviction against Cooked Foods–they are called FRUITAIRIANS And They Are Very “EDEN”….If!–Monsanto IMPOSES His Cultural-Ideals in a Way that VIOLATES the Spiritual-Lifestyle of ANOTHERS CONSTITUTIONAL LIBERTY….I Suggest Looking IN To Your Amendments and Contacting a *GROUP Representative Lawyer–for 20 Voices are Stronger than ONE And 200 Voices Greater Than 20 and 2000 Voices Greater than 200…and so one….May The Cow Be LIBERATED From The Great Abuse She Endures Under The Torture and Inhumane and Less than Sanitary, Cancer-Filled CONDITIONS Of Misery Monsanto!

    SHANNAH

  4. Is This Some Sort of “joke” That MONSANTO Spreader of Disease to All Nations is now POSING as “Health-Regulator”…when He is the Antithesis of HEALTH….It Is So Sadly Obvious–that The Amish Cow is simply A THREAT To Monsantos Sense of Agricultural-Supremacy….if he sees another “penny” He Grabs The Cow By The throat–if left to MONSANTO All Happy Free Amish Pasture Cows treated in Love and Friendship–would be ENSLAVED and INJECTED….Once Upon A Davenport, Iowa I was Raised on ORGANIC Farm-Fresh RAW Goats Milk….and Even NOW At THIRTY I Thank My Mother for giving me The Gift of Immunity!–for MILK in its *PURIST State and *ONLY In Its Purest State (which means entirely untouched by the corruption of MONSANTO)….Was as Many Ghandis in India and Tribals in Africa KNOW….Intended To–for Optimal Nutritional Standards Consumed RAW…there is also a SPIRITUAL Group Largely Based in CALIFORNIA That Has A Deep-Rooted Conviction against Cooked Foods–they are called FRUITAIRIANS And They Are Very “EDEN”….If!–Monsanto IMPOSES His Cultural-Ideals in a Way that VIOLATES the Spiritual-Lifestyle of ANOTHERS CONSTITUTIONAL LIBERTY….I Suggest Looking IN To Your Amendments and Contacting a *GROUP Representative Lawyer–for 20 Voices are Stronger than ONE And 200 Voices Greater Than 20 and 2000 Voices Greater than 200…and so one….May The Cow Be LIBERATED From The Great Abuse She Endures Under The Torture and Inhumane and Less than Sanitary, Cancer-Filled CONDITIONS Of Misery Monsanto!

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  6. We only have ourselves to blame for the mess we’re in! We voted for the egg-suckers in Washington! They then provide GOVERNMENT jobs to their cronies and this is the result! VOTE FOR RON PAUL!

  7. Thank God the government is here to save us from ourselves! How horrible it would be, if we were allowed to drink raw milk, as people for thousands of years before us have!

  8. Liz, I hope Dan Allgyer is using the FTCLDF they fight for RAW dairy farmers across the USA!!! I have been using RAW dairy products for 16 years now,we will never give up the fight!!!! Dood luck Dan

  9. I read this article with sadness and anger. I am saddened by the people of this USA that we have allowed a group of self rightious burocrats to dictate all that we do, what we eat and how we choose to live our lives. We welcome their intrusion into our homes. We sue our neighbors, and friends. The friviolious lawsuits and accusations we slam against eachother, give them POWER !! Power to control us, to manipulate us. We believe the lies and propaganda that we are constantly bombarded with on the television, the computer etc. We fill our bodies with drugs and pollution of every sort. But yet, the good wholesome foods and pure water, the one thing, we can not live …yet survive without is beyond us. It is time America, The sleeper must wake up. We need to fight, we need to support our neighbors, We need to tell these self appointed wealthy anarchists/communists that WE ARE “The People” !! WE ARE “The lawmakers” Not them and their warmongering hord !!
    Those who are most free , are those who have nothing left to loose !!!

  10. Go Raw Milk Freedom Riders and Ron Paul! Been drinking raw milk here in Pa. forever. No one will ever take my right away to eat or drink what I wish. More than happy to “suffer for the sake of righteousness” Glad others feel the same.

  11. The war against raw milk is also being waged here on the west coast where Organic Pastures was recently shut down for an entire month due to a ridiculous recall instigated by the CDFA. We drinkers of raw milk must stand up and be heard!

  12. Vote for Ron Paul. He is in support of a personal right to consume what ever food or substance we feel is good for us. This is our God given right to liberty and the pursuit of happiness.

  13. The federal government does not have the power to prohibit raw milk. As one court said:

    “[U]nder this [police] power, it is not competent for the state to prohibit the citizen from carrying on any trade, occupation, or business that is not offensive to the community, or injurious to society. The business may be regulated, but not prohibited. … ‘In order to prohibit the prosecution of the trade altogether, the injury to the public which furnishes the justification for such a law must proceed from the inherent character of the business. … If the business is not harmful, the prosecution of it cannot rightfully be prohibited to one who will conduct the business in a proper and circumspect manner.’ … ‘It has also been maintained, and I think satisfactorily established, that no trade can be prohibited altogether, unless the evil is inherent in the character of the trade.’ … The government, under the guise of regulation, cannot prohibit or destroy. It cannot deprive any citizen of his right to pursue a calling, occupation, or business, not necessarily injurious to the community, who is willing to comply with all reasonable regulations imposed upon it. Marymont v. Banking Board, 33 Nev. 333, 351-352 (Supreme Court of Nevada, 1910).

    Since a threat to public health is not inherent in the character of raw milk, government cannot prohibit it. Disobedience is a lawful remedy to tyranny. As one court said:
    “All acts of legislature apparently contrary to natural right and justice are, in our laws and must be in the nature of things, considered as void. The laws of nature are the laws of God; whose authority can be superseded by no power on earth. A legislature must not obstruct our obedience to him from whose punishments they cannot protect us. All human constitutions which contradict his laws, we are in conscience bound to disobey. Such have been the adjudications of our courts of justice.” Robin v. Hardaway, 1 Jefferson 109, 114 (1772).

    We know that the government is doing wrong; if we are going to disobey, there is a legal theory that provides the lawful method to do so. Staying on the side of law will keep us safe. See http://www.NaturalLawRemedy.com.

  14. Go Raw Milk Freedom Riders! We need to support honest politicians. The only one that believes in our freedom to drink raw milk and limit the power of the Federal gov’t is Ron Paul. This weekend he stated, “I would like to restore your right to drink raw milk anytime you like!” Paul said to loud and sustained cheers in the historic Peterborough Town House. http://www.businessweek.com/news/2011-12-19/paul-s-raw-milk-freedom-pitch-reflects-offbeat-bid-on-rise.html

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  16. What brave folks!

    May God be with them.

    I’m not sure I’d have such courage. I hope I would, but . . .

    Thank God we have such resourceful folks.

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