Hey, FDA: Pick On Big Food Producers, Not Little Ones

Danielle Fetzer and Steven Pociunas

After a year-long investigation, agents from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration joined state and local authorities yesterday to bust owners of a small Venice, Calif., health food market on charges of selling raw milk.

We read these two paragraphs in the early Los Angeles Times story about the bust, and they got under our skin like a burrowing parasite:

“The arrests followed a one-year investigation during which undercover agents purchased unpasteurized dairy products from Healthy Family Farms stands in Los Angeles, Ventura and Santa Barbara counties, said Matthew Krasnowski, a district attorney spokesman. The products included unpasteurized goat milk, cheese and yogurt.

The arrests came the same week that federal and state health officials warned the public about a food-borne illness outbreak tied to ground turkey contaminated with antibiotic-resistant salmonella, an outbreak in which one Californian has died and 76 others have fallen ill so far.”

Why does that piss us off?

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