Mothers, Acting As ‘Agents,’ To Defy FDA Warning

Media Alert

November 28, 2011

Contact: Liz Reitzig, Co-founder, Farm Food Freedom Coalition


Mothers, Acting As ‘Agents,’ To Defy FDA Warning

Against FDA Prohibitions, Freedom Riders Will Publicly

Distribute over 100 gallons Raw Milk to Waiting Mothers

Chicago, IL—On December 8, a group of mothers and others will defy the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) ban on “distributing” fresh milk across state lines by transporting 100 gallons of raw milk from Wisconsin to Chicago’s Independence Park and distributing it to customers waiting at the park. Rally time is 11:30am – 2:00pm.

Federal law 21 CFR § 1240.61 prohibits interstate movement and distribution of raw milk for human consumption. The FDA regulation applies to individuals, or “agents” acting on their behalf.

Over the past year, the FDA and state authorities have conducted undercover sting operations on, raided and prosecuted farmers, buying clubs, and individuals who help distribute raw milk and other farm fresh foods. Over a dozen people and businesses currently face charges, orders, and other enforcement actions; some are under “federal criminal investigation” and face possible indictment by a grand jury. Several small cheese producing dairies with no history of making anyone sick have been put out of business by the FDA’s actions.

“It is a God-given, inalienable right to engage in direct, private transactions with our food producers,” says Max Kane, director of a Chicago area local-foodbuying club.  “Americans deserve to know that the FDA is using their tax dollars to target and prosecute independent, peaceful, farmers and their customers.”

Mothers from around the country, determined to protect their families’ food supply, launched the Raw Milk Freedom Riders with an inaugural ride on November 1 when they transported raw milk from Pennsylvania to the FDA’s headquarters in Silver Spring, Maryland, and distributed the milk to crowds gathered for a protest.  In response the FDA issued a statement saying it does not “intend” to take “enforcement action against an individual who purchased and transported raw milk across state lines solely for his or her own personal consumption.”

The Freedom Riders say that the FDA’s statement leaves the door open for FDA to pursue farmers, buying clubs and individuals acting as “distribution agents.”  The Wisconsin to Chicago Raw Milk Freedom ride will challenge the FDA’s use of force against raw milk distribution.

Media are invited to ride along as embedded reporters to witness the FDA’s reaction to the Freedom Riders’ standing up for their rights.

Info about farm raids For additional information on raw milk


15 responses to “Mothers, Acting As ‘Agents,’ To Defy FDA Warning

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  2. The line is being defined that this is not a safety issue but commercial commerce.
    The statement alone from the FDA reveal
    this from the first raw milk freedom ride.
    There is a huge rights difference between
    Individual/ non commercial and commercial/commerce laws…
    It is advantageous for us to be words smiths
    avoiding using words that associate to commerce distribution protocol…
    People with cows not dairy farmers who share there milk with their neighbor & friends

    We challenge no one we r simply defining the truth by living the truth…
    while having a raw milk & cookies party over state lines! Cheers,
    oceans of love & raw milk, sea j

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  5. Our raw milk provider has now begun to vat pasteurize due to his insurance company withdrawing its coverage after a E. coli incident at another farm. His milk is still non-homogenized and whole. It is still delicious and still does not upset my digestion. Now he can sell in retail stores as well.

  6. I grew up on raw milk and drink it whenever I can. The FDA is only protecting the big business`s money. They do not care at all about our health and mine is great!! To bad it is such a big greedy racket.

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  8. The arrogance of the FDA and other agencies that are suppose to protect us is beyond words. I remember as a child getting milk in glass bottles delivered to our front door. I remember Momma putting the empties out the next week to be replaced by full bottles of fresh non-homogenized, non-pasturized, nutritious, real milk. Then it ended. Momma started getting milk at the supermarket that we didn’t have to shake before pouring. I found a family farm not far from our house here in Florida that sells raw milk for pet consumption only. Their cows are Holsteins. I read somewhere that Holstein milk has an extra enzyme that encourages mucus. I also learned that the owners of this farm “finish” the cows with grains. I read the best milk comes from Jersey and Guernsey cows and an African breed. I would love to be a part of that Raw Milk Freedom ride but I’m old now. I will pray for their success.

    • The FDA was never created to protect us, but rather to protect corporate interests. We were told that the FDA would protect consumers but that was a lie to gain public acceptance of their corrupt and controlling organization.
      The constitution was created to protect us. The FDA asserts it’s power against our God given rights which the Constitution guarantees.

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