Raw Milk Activists Sue FDA for Ignoring Legalization Request
For years the FDA has been attacking small farmers and organic food distributors while letting major GMO business like Monsanto off the hook completely.Â Just recently Organic Pastures, the nationâs largest raw-milk dairy, is suing the U.S. Food and Drug Administration for ignoring its request to change the 1987 law banning the sale of raw milk across state lines.
âOrganic Pastures, the nationâs largest raw milk dairy, has launched a lawsuit against the U.S. Food and Drug Administration for allegedly turning its back on the dairyâs request for the agency to change its current law banning sales of raw milk across state linesâŠâŠ
The Fresno-based dairy submitted its request to the agency back in December 2008. According to statute, the FDA is supposed to respond to this sort of request â referred to by the agency as a âcitizen petitionâ â in 180 days.
McAfee toldÂ Food Safety NewsÂ that the agency did send him a notice 90 days after he sent the request (citizen petition) in 2008, but it was just to let him know that it had received it. Â And that was it, said McAfee. Â But after some recent prodding on his behalf by Gary Cox, general counsel for the Farm-to-Consumer Legal Defense Fund, the FDA said they were âworking on it,â but that it wasnât a priority. Â McAfee said that was about six months ago and that nothing has happened since.â