On August 3rd, 2011, Rawesome Foods in Venice, California, an organic health food store, was raided by the FDA and federal agents for conspiracy to sell raw milk and raw milk sales. Although the raw milk program was a private club, legal in California, the federal agents stated that their reasoning was because of suspicion around malicious raw milk sales.
That day and to this day, there have been protests and online lashback for what seems to be a misguided raid at an honest business attempting to make money in the current economy. The FDA and other organizations who authorized and organized this raid have spent citizen tax dollars to raid a legal business establishment and arrest citizens for legal acts. In my own opinion, the public outcry for a solution to this unconstitutional and unlawful raid is completely justified. To add to the economic turmoil that exists in every business, legal raw milk vendors are also to worry about unjustified random raids by Federal agents? The economy is already strained enough to be dealing with these kinds of regulations that seem to be without any actual benefit to the public or the public businesses.
And to add to the growing stack of malicious acts completed in this incidence, thousands of dollars of vendor items were either poured out or seized as evidence. Foods that had nothing to do with raw milk shouldn’t be taken because of the raw milk law, although that is exactly what happened.
The Rawesome foods raid is of common occurrence to the raw milk industry, with Rawesome Foods having been raided for the second time on August third. The outrage exists for many reasons, including the lack of evidence against Raw milks safety, the lack of courtesy of Federal agents in this situation, the absence of legality around this raid, the thousands of dollars of product seized and/or poured out by Federal agents, and the overall complete disregard for public opinion in this situation.
In a sense, the public right to freedom of speech is being violated by the Federal agents by ignoring any outcry by the public. The Government was created to protect the people, not conduct raids funded by the people on honest, hard-working citizens.