5 tips for surviving food police raid on farms and private food clubs

By David Gumpert
GRIST

What’s behind all these raids? They seem to stem from increasing concern at both the state and federal level about the spread of private food groups that have sprung up around the country in recent years — food clubs and buying groups to provide specialized local products that are generally unavailable in groceries, like grass-fed meats, pastured eggs, fermented foods, and, in some cases, raw dairy products. Because they are private and limited to consumers who sign up for membership, retail and public health licenses are not required, writes David Gumpert.

When the 20 agents arrived bearing a search warrant at her Ventura County farmhouse door at 7 a.m. on a Wednesday a couple weeks back, Sharon Palmer didn’t know what to say. This was the third time she was being raided in 18 months, and she had thought she was on her way to resolving the problem over labeling of her goat cheese that prompted the other two raids. (In addition to producing goat’s milk, she raises cattle, pigs, and chickens, and makes the meat available via a CSA.)

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3 responses to “5 tips for surviving food police raid on farms and private food clubs

  1. amicus curiae

    this is ludicrous! a goon squad harassing small real food producers, whe we all know the list of deaths and serious Illness due to Commercial crap foods.
    Its illegal? to sell an Unwashed egg?
    when washing them actually allows more bacteria to be likely to gain access through the porous shells?
    what F/n Planet do these idiots live on?
    as to raw milk, well I know the weird colours and unusual coagulation in pasteurised milk in Aus lately has me wondering what the hell they are doing to it, normally I leave sour milk to form curds and feed it to the chickens, in the last 6 mths the off milk goes pink.black and or stringy, and curd formation is patchy at best, it now goes into the compost pile.

  2. The problem in California is some combination of ideology and economics.

    Selling raw milk in California is legal.

    Rawsome’s problem is that they were selling food at the retail level without having the proper permits from their local health department.

    Just down the street from Rawsome is Whole Foods, selling very similar products (except Raw Milk, because they could not get insurance cover for liability) . I’m sure they have their permits.

    As to the claims that they are not required to have permits, that is just baloney. As a private club, they don’t need a permit provided they don’t sell food more that 3 days in a 90 day period.

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