California legislators awoke one morning and discovered to their dismay that the Health Reich had overlooked one choice available to Californians not offered to most other Americans. Corrective measures have been taken.

Until the passage of a new law, California was one of only four states that permits the sale of raw, unpasteurized milk in grocery stores. This small arena of choice, therefore, must be snuffed out in the perpetual drive to protect people from themselves. As usual the busy beaver politicians hypocritically claim that the choice to purchase raw milk will still exist. Dairies that produce the milk disagree.

Standards already existed to protect consumers from the potential ill effects of non-pasteurized milk. Those standards, ostensibly at the behest of the Food and Drug Administration, have been toughened to such an extent that the dairies say it will be impossible to meet them.

Advocates of raw milk believe that various bacteria, killed off by pasteurization, strengthen immune systems, reducing the insidences of allergies and asthma. This "end the bubble wrapping of children" approach is gaining ground as decades of health hysteria and the obsession with germs appears to have weakened children who can’t, unlike past generations, eat peanuts and who have higher asthma rates than children raised before the advent of state-sanctioned hypochondria.

The new "tough" raw milk standards will, according to the dairies and their customers, drive consumption and production underground. Such is a side benefit of over-regulation. With more laws cranked out there will be more criminals, each of whom will be more easily controlled by the ever-expanding state.



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