David Gumpert reports that Massachusetts has resumed war footing with threats against a one-cow herdshare. Brigitte Ruthman, the raw dairy operator who got a cease-and-desist order for her one-cow herdshare, says private food arrangements are springing up in the “Make It Yours” state, where even the Governor drinks raw milk.
By David E. Gumpert
When I try to make sense out of what is happening to Estrella Family Creamery and Morningland Dairy, about all I can conclude is that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration is on a vendetta to eliminate anyone involved in the raw dairy business.
In the case of Estrella and Morningland, the FDA is seeking to drive out of business not just a couple of cheesemakers, but a couple of cheesemakers focused on producing the highest quality product possible.
Sometimes I think that everyone involved in raw dairy and selling to the general public should have a “go-private” option, as in a buying club, a CSA, a herd share, or some variation on the theme…with the understanding that even the seemingly fail-safe private option is under tremendous pressure.
A case in point is Brigitte Ruthman, the Massachusetts raw dairy operator who was served with a cease-and-desist order last spring for having a one-cow herdshare, discovered on Friday. She had set up the herdshare after being advised by an inspector for the Massachusetts Department of Agricultural Resources that coming into compliance for a state raw-milk permit could run into the tens of thousands of dollars.
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