Miller’s Organic Farm, was inspected Monday without incident by USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS).
After raw milk from the Lancaster County, PA, farm was linked in March to two illnesses and one death, owner Amos Miller refused repeated attempts by FSIS to inspect the premises. When FSIS agents returned Monday with an Upper Leacock Township police officer, they were carrying out a federal judge’s order allowing them to inspect the farm and examine its records.
This time Miller cooperated with the inspection, which lasted less than three hours. He told local media afterward that he does not want to “be against the government,” but remains concerned that freedoms are being takeaway.
Miller’s Organic Farm boosts its private membership organization that involves about 2,000 customers around the country.
FSIS attempts to inspect Miller’s operation began after whole genome sequencing of listeria from the dairy’s raw chocolate milk was matched to lab samples from two patients, one from California and one from Flordia, who died. The fatal outbreak occurred after raw milk products from Miller’s were confiscated during a raw milk conference in Anaheim, CA, and tested by health authorities.
FSIS lead inspector Paul Flanagan expressed concerns about Miller’s re-selling of customers slaughtered meat, an apparent violation of meat inspection laws. He suggested Miller should begin using USDA-inspected slaughter facilities. Custom slaughter that is not USDA inspected is to be used only for animals for personal consumption.
The judge’s order permits the FSIS inspection team to return over a ten-day period to Miller’s Organic Farm if more time is required to complete the inspection. It also permits a follow-up in 90 days.
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