Organic Pastures, America’s largest raw milk dairy is to sue the FDA over the issue of distributing its unpasteurized milk across the U.S.
Organic Pastures has filed a suit against the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), according to the Dairy Reporter. The suit is designed to force a change in the current law, which bans sales of raw milk across state lines (the U.S. law reference is CFR 1240.61).
Organic Pastures says that the reason for its action is because demand is growing for raw milk and they want to meet that demand. Proponents of unpasteurized milk make the argument that if milk is obtained from humanely raised cows that are grass fed and handled hygienically, then there is little problem with disease.
Organic Pastures’ owner Mark McAfee is quoted as saying, by Food Safety News, that: “The entire thing (producing raw milk) is a learning process. “No one completely understands bacteria and how they interplay with humans.”