Monday, April 1, 2013

Dairy Farm Blues

The FDA has pronounced; so be it.  It was so, and the FDA saw that it was good. Sayeth the noble monolith after four years of wise counsel:
It took the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) more than four years to rule on a petition that requested an exception to a prohibition on interstate sales of raw milk. In a Feb. 26 letter, a top-ranking FDA official denied the request, citing concerns over the dangers unpasteurized milk poses to consumers.

Organic Pastures Dairy Company LLC, based in Fresno, Calif., requested that FDA allow raw milk to be distributed across state lines so long as both states authorized sales of the product. The exemption would have been limited to milk that was tested, inspected by a state and included a statement with a government warning.

"Your petition does not contain facts demonstrating any reasonable grounds for this proposed amendment to 21 C.F.R. 1240.61, nor does it show that this proposal is in the public interest or will promote the objectives of FDA and the statutes it administers", wrote Michael Landa, Director of the Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition, in the letter.
The proposal will not "promote the objectives of [the] FDA and the statutes it administers." That's the state of representative government in 21st century America: the "objectives" and "statutes" of a busybody executive bureaucracy trump the desires of the citizenry. No wonder voter turnout is so low.

Meanwhile, a Supreme Court justice recently pointed out another bizarre federal milk issue:
Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg characterized same-sex unions under DOMA, which limits federal spousal benefits to heterosexual couples, as the equivalent of "skim milk" marriages.
So the United States Government bans full-fat raw milk while at the same time transforming homosexual marriages into skim milk. It's the world's most pernicious, meddlesome health nut. 

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