“August 3, 2011—Los Angeles, California—Public Health Officials today descended once again on a buying club, that specializes in raw foods. Club organizer, James Stewart was arrested at his home, the locks to his personal residence were changed, his papers, money and computer seized. At the same time, farmer Sharon Palmer and Weston A. Price Foundation volunteer chapter leader Victoria Bloch Coulter were arrested. All three were charged with Section 182A-Conspiracy to Commit a Crime. Bond for James Stewart was set at $123,000. Bail for Bloch is recommended at $60,000. Bail for Palmer is recommended at $121,000.
All this, in a state where raw milk is perfectly legal to sell, and even available through retail stores. The issue seems to be the club’s use of a herdshare or boarding agreement for its dairy goats." via Weston A Price Foundation
Agencies taking part in the ongoing investigation include:
1) U.S. Food and Drug Administration
2) California Franchise Tax Board
3) California Department of Food and Agriculture’s Milk and Dairy Food Safety Branch and the department’s Division of Measurement Standards
4) Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office
5) Los Angeles County Department of Public Health
6) Ventura County Sheriff’s Department
7) Ventura County Department of Public Health
8) Los Angeles Police Department
9) Los Angeles Department of Building and Safety
The raw milk or cheese sold at Rawsome didn’t make anyone sick.
On the same day (8/3) 36-Million pounds of "tainted” ground turkey was recalled from corporate producer Cargill. It contained salmonella and was making people sick. Was Cargill raided by police in bullet-proof vests? Are there any employees of Cargill in jail? Has Cargill been fined? If they had all the USDA permits how did this massive contamination happen?
Across the country the small farms or individuals growing food for local use are being harassed with fines or criminal charges.