What justification does the government use to kill a small business during a recession and forbid free people from willfully consuming unpasteurized milk? Safety, of course.
The federal government, after a 13-year review, claims that raw milk is “150 times more dangerous than pasteurized milk.” The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDCP) found that states with access to raw milk experience “twice the rate of dairy-related disease outbreaks” than states where the milk is banned. Of the 239 outbreaks that occurred in these states, 200 of them were the result of raw milk consumption, says the CDCP. “Restricting the sale of raw milk products is likely to reduce the number of outbreaks and can help keep people healthier,” said Dr. Robert Tauxe, director of CDCP’s division of foodborne, waterborne and environmental diseases.
Their rationality, and ability to make health decisions for themselves, though, are no match for the nanny state. In fact, armed federal agents raided the farm of a defiant Amish man, Dan Allgyer, last April, because he continued to provide raw milk to eager purchasers. Carolyn Lochhead, writing for the San Francisco Chronicle, reports that “The agency’s actions are likely to put him [Allgyer] out of business.” Allgyer, himself, is quoted as saying that he will shut his operations down completely rather than continue to fight government regulators.