Food Safety Czar’s Wrong Direction

Craig McCord

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It is outrageous and, quite frankly, somewhat unbelievable to us that a former lobbyist for Monsanto (of all companies!) is now in charge of food safety at the Food and Drug Administration. To add insult to calamitous injury, the czar in question, Michael R. Taylor, has directed his department to conduct armed raids on raw milk dairy farmers and distributors across the country. Make no mistake, these dairies are producing clean and healthy milk, yet these attacks – including months-long undercover sting operations on family farms from California to the East Coast – continue unabated.

Amy Lou Jenkins writes this at

“Incredibly, Michael Taylor and FDA inspectors have not arrested or fined the Iowa agribusinessman – Jack DeCoster – who was wholly responsible for the more than 500 million eggs that were recalled in 2010 salmonella-tainted egg recall, though this industrial agribusinessman endangered the health of millions. Michael Taylor actions show that he thinks Amish farmers producing fresh milk are more deserving targets. Under his leadership the FDA  performs enforcement raids (with guns drawn) on the Amish.”

Armed raids against Amish farms. Shouldn’t that be placed into the category of “bullying”? At the risk of repeating myself, this is outrageous.

Yes, President Obama is a busy man, but we feel it is imperative he undo the baffling appointment of Michael Taylor, who obviously has no intention of fixing the broken American food system. This character has got to go. Now.

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