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View Diary: The Illinois Department of Public Health vs. Illinois Raw Milk Farmers (267 comments)

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  •  This diary is infuriating (10+ / 0-)

    You walk around the most vital information, but never produce it.

    The Illinois Department of Public Health recently invited a local farmer of raw milk to a meeting to discuss proposed restrictions on the fledgling industry. Apparently, concerns have been raised by The Center for Disease Control and The Food and Drug Administration
    WHAT RESTRICTIONS? Are we talking about a ban, an inspection regimen, a labelling scheme? What?
    When the farmer met with The Illinois Department of Public Health, I'm told that a form replete with blocks of 6 point font and a signature line was waiting for her. The IDPH was hoping they could lubricate the halls of bureaucracy with a legal document stating her explicit consent.
    CONSENT TO WHAT? Again, the details are maddeningly absent.

    You have a lot of information here, but you don't set up your case. What's the specific threat? Can you link to something showing that's what's being discussed?

    We're Democrats here. We believe in appropriate regulation. A discussion of what the IDPH thinks is appropriate and what you feel would be appropriate would be helpful.

    I can tell you now, uninspected, unregulated, unmonitored, unlabelled raw milk sales are right out as far as I'm concerned. I wouldn't want the big feedlot milk companies just shipping unprocessed milk from their cows to supermarkets, would you? At an artisan level, maybe it can work, but what is IDPH proposing?

    "Don't be defeatist, dear. It's very middle class." - Violet Crawley

    by nightsweat on Mon Mar 04, 2013 at 12:07:38 PM PST

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