Rep. Thomas Massie on the 'Ridiculous' Prohibition of Raw Milk


On Tuesday, Rep. Thomas Massie (R-Kentucky) went on The Independents to talk about his two "milk freedom" bills, and the bizarre fact that we live in a world where such bills are necessary:

His description of how raw milk was prohibited without congressional input was particularly interesting, and I have transcribed it below:

Un fact, Congress has never passed a law banning raw milk. What happened was in the '80s—and this should sound familiar—the FDA argued that it wasn't worth their time, or the energy, or the taxpayers' dollars to regulate this. Well, they were sued, and they lost the lawsuit, so they were basically forced by the courts to ban raw milk, the interstate transport of raw milk. So this is not a law that's ever been passed by Congress.

Reason on raw milk here, on Massie here. Baylen Linnekin wrote about the milk freedom bills in March. And Nick Gillespie interviewed Massie for Reason TV last year: