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Lawsuit Challenging FDA Raw Milk Policy Dismissed

posted on April 6, 2012

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - A federal judge in Iowa has rejected a

lawsuit that sought to expand access to raw milk by challenging a

Food and Drug Administration rule that bans interstate shipments of

unpasteurized milk.

     U.S. District Judge Mark Bennett in Sioux City dismissed the

two-year-old case filed by a nationwide group of raw milk drinkers,

producers, and distributors. The lawsuit contends the FDA rule

allowing only pasteurized milk to be sold across state lines

violates their constitutional rights to travel freely and decide

what to feed their families.

     FDA officials say it focuses enforcement on distributors and

producers not individuals.

     Bennett dismissed the case Friday concluding the raw milk

supporters have not suffered an injury because the government has

made it clear it doesn't plan on enforcing the regulations against



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