– Tisha Casida
I have been involved with several raw milk producers, and for a period of time owned my own share of raw milk in Southern Colorado. Because of the growing awareness about the potential benefits of raw milk consumption, there is another unfortunate issue that is coming up in the echelons of Congress and the FDA.
The issues are the following: regulation [21 CFR 1240.61(a)] and statute [42 USC 264(a)].
Regulation 21 CFR 1240.61(a) states “no person shall cause to be delivered into interstate commerce or shall sell, otherwise distribute, or hold for sale or other distribution after shipment in interstate commerce any milk or milk product in final package form for direct human consumption unless the product has been pasteurized.”
Statute 42 USC 264(a) states, “The Surgeon General, with the approval of the Secretary, is authorized to make and enforce such regulations as in his judgment are necessary to prevent the introduction, transmission, or spread of communicable diseases…from one state or possession into any other state or possession.”
These (in theory) are supposed to protect consumers from sickness and disease. The problem is that the heavy hand of government, with such regulations, can stifle consumer choice and actually hurt the health of consumers who have experienced benefits (not to mention the effect on local economies).
At the end of the day, we need our free markets back, where consumers can make their own purchasing decisions – buyer beware. I am an adult, and I would like the responsibility of deciding both what to purchase and to ingest. In the case of raw milk, it has been tremendously beneficial to my health and well-being, and therefore, I want to be able to purchase this from local producers who I know and trust.
Be cognizant of what they are doing with your choices!