ppjg-48 By: Marti Oakley  All rights reserved 

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thumbnailCA9AIVSBIt would appear earlier this year Rep. Ron Paul (R) Texas, introduced this simple bill into the record of the House.  Here we are in Mid-November, eleven months later……and not one co-sponsor or any action has been taken on this bill.  It is sitting idle in committee. 

While this bill lies unaddressed, northeastern dairy producers and northern plain’s states producers are under attack by hostile corporate raiders with what would appear to be the full compliance and facilitation of state and federal legislators, along with unlawfully empowered unelected bureaucracies which operate as the enforcement agencies for corporate interests

I find it more than odd that not ONE legislator at the federal level in those states where private and independent dairy operations are under attack from instate agencies, has lent their prestigious names to this appeal for consumer choice, evidently opting instead to allow this assault on individual rights and freedom. 

Corruption of government is never more apparent than when corporate pirates and raiders are invited to the table while the average citizen who will be adversely affected are kept out of the room.  

Of all the bills scheduled for the November 18, 2009 Fake food Safety mark-up…….this bill is not included for debate.  Go figure.   _______________________________________

SPEECH OF

HON. RON PAUL

OF TEXAS

IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 28, 2009

INTRODUCTION OF LEGISLATION ALLOWING INTERSTATE SHIPMENT OF UNPASTEURIZED MILK — (Extensions of Remarks – January 28, 2009)

HON. RON PAUL

OF TEXAS

IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 28, 2009

  • Mr. PAUL. Madam Speaker, I rise to introduce legislation that allows the shipment and distribution of unpasteurized milk and milk products for human consumption across state lines. This legislation removes an unconstitutional restraint on farmers who wish to sell or otherwise distribute, and people who wish to consume, unpasteurized milk and milk products.
  • My office has heard from numerous people who would like to obtain unpasteurized milk. Many of these people have done their own research and come to the conclusion that unpasteurized milk is healthier than pasteurized milk. These Americans have the right to consume these products without having the Federal Government second-guess their judgment about what products best promote health. If there are legitimate concerns about the safety of unpasteurized milk, those concerns should be addressed at the state and local level.
  • I urge my colleagues to join me in promoting consumers’ rights, the original intent of the Constitution, and federalism by cosponsoring my legislation to allow the interstate shipment of unpasteurized milk and milk products for human consumption.

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To authorize the interstate traffic of unpasteurized milk and milk products that are packaged for direct human consumption. (Introduced in House)

HR 778 IH

111th CONGRESS

1st Session

H. R. 778

To authorize the interstate traffic of unpasteurized milk and milk products that are packaged for direct human consumption.

IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

January 28, 2009

Mr. PAUL introduced the following bill; which was referred to the Committee on Energy and Commerce


A BILL

To authorize the interstate traffic of unpasteurized milk and milk products that are packaged for direct human consumption.

Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled,

SECTION 1. INTERSTATE TRAFFIC OF UNPASTEURIZED MILK AND MILK PRODUCTS.

(a) Sale Allowed- Notwithstanding the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act (21 U.S.C. 301 et seq.) and section 361 of the Public Health Service Act (42 U.S.C. 264), and any regulations or other guidance issued thereunder, a Federal department, agency, or court may not take any action (administrative, civil, criminal, or otherwise) that would prohibit, interfere with, regulate, or otherwise restrict the interstate traffic of milk, or a milk product, that is unpasteurized and packaged for direct human consumption solely on the basis that the milk or milk product is unpasteurized and is therefore adulterated, misbranded, or otherwise in violation of Federal law.

(b) Definitions- In this section, the following definitions apply:

(1) The terms `interstate traffic’, `milk’, and `milk products’ have the meanings given those terms in section 1240.3 of title 21, Code of Federal Regulations (as in effect on the date of enactment of this Act).

(2) The term `packaged for direct human consumption’ means milk and milk products that are packaged for the final consumer and intended for human consumption. Such term does not include milk and milk products that are packaged for additional processing, including pasteurization, before being consumed by humans.

(3) The term `pasteurized’ means the process of heating milk and milk products to the applicable temperature specified in the tables contained in section 1240.61 of title 21, Code of Federal Regulations (or successor regulations), and held continuously at or above that temperature for at least the corresponding specified time in such tables.

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