Health Departments Engage Police for Raids on Distribution Points
KATY, Texas – Imagine going to pick up your weekly gallon of milk, only to be met by a group of county health inspectors and sheriff’s deputies who threaten arrest if you take the milk.
Sound far-fetched? Perhaps. But that’s exactly what happened over the July 4th weekend as close to 100 raw milk customers met for their weekly pickup in a Katy church parking lot.
It is completely legal to purchase Grade A unpasteurized (“raw”) milk in Texas as long as the purchase is made from the dairy farmer on the farm. Rather than have each person drive multiple hours each way to the farm, consumers across Texas have coordinated pickups by designating one person as their agent to serve as courier. The customers pay the farmer for the milk, and the courier picks up the orders and distributes them at an agreed-upon location.…