Who Was That Masked Man?

Those of you old enough to have watched “The Lone Ranger” on television growing up in the 1950s will recognize the heading here—it was the question often asked after the masked Texas ranger had gotten retribution or cured an injustice of some sort.

Immigrant targets of the investigator in New Jersey a couple weeks back are now asking themselves the same question after the NJ Department of Health denied that any of its investigators were involved in the raw dairy probe described in my previous post. The investigator visited the homes of at least four raw milk drop sites, taking photos of coolers containing raw dairy products, and warning the residents that they could be fined for allowing their homes to be used for product pickups by food club members.

The drop site residents, afraid of the investigator, quickly complied with his request to open coolers and allow photos to be taken. No one thought to ask for a search warrant, or even to demand an ID or a business card. They just wanted the investigator to move on.

All thought the investigator was from the NJ Department of Health, and when I inquired with the agency last Friday, providing details of what the drop site residents had reported, the agency seemed to effectively confirm its involvement by issuing a one-sentence statement saying it was “unable to confirm or deny if an investigation is ongoing.”

By yesterday, though, the response had changed. The spokeswoman who had sent the original hedge now was adamant: “Your story is erroneous. No one from the New Jersey Department of Health has visited these homes nor conducted an investigation targeting a particular population of people. Please correct this immediately.”

When I reminded her that I had provided details about my understanding of the investigation in my original inquiry, and questioned if the agency was shifting its stance, I received another denial: “Those were not our inspectors at the residences you wrote about. I want to be clear it was not an inspector with the New Jersey Department of Health, as it currently says in your story.”

So, whose inspector might it have been? I learned in some further inquiries that an investigator or investigators may well have been sent out by one or more county health departments in New Jersey. I will continue checking. In the meantime, I have adjusted my previous post to reflect the agency’s denial.

12 comments to Who Was That Masked Man?

  • Ken Conrad Ken Conrad

    The plot thickens…

  • William March

    UDDER MILK is still in business with the same principals running it although possibly using a different trade name .Udder Milk is under cease and desist orders from the states of N.J ,N.Y.CT.and R.I.do we really want a lawless nation,that says it all .

    • Ken Conrad Ken Conrad

      William,

      No one here is advocating a “lawless nation”, but rather that the law and its enforcers respect human dignity and free will. Government officials that overstep their boundaries and intrude into the private affairs and property of individuals who merely want a choice when buying food, or what medical care they receive, is what “says it all”.

      Your specious focus on government rules and regulation a.k.a. “the law” is an offence against human dignity and, natural law… is there no room for common sense and reason apart from the law in your so called “land of the free”?

      Consider these quotes…
      “A just law is a man-made code that squares with the moral law or the law of God. An unjust law is a code that is out of harmony with the moral law. To put it in the terms of Saint Thomas Aquinas, an unjust law is a human law that is not rooted in eternal and natural law.” Martin Luther

      “THIS law of nature, being coeval with mankind and dictated by God himself, is of course superior in obligation to any other. It is binding over all the globe, in all countries, and at all times: no human laws are of any validity, if contrary to this; and such of them as are valid derive all their force, and all their authority, mediately or immediately, from this original.” William Blackstone

  • Pete

    In some states, departments of Ag or Health also carry an FDA badge as they work for both state and Fed. It is entirely possible it was ‘their guy’ but not operating in official state capacity (or at least not after the heat came on locally).

  • When inspectors show up…always turn on the cameras and take business cards from everyone. That’s rule number one. Rule number two….don’t let them in until and unless they can show a reason or a warrant.

  • Volunteering your private property to support access to real food for the community is one of the most selfless things that humans can do for others! For the feds or state to threaten this sort of community service is treasonous. ALWAYS check credentials and all ways demand a warrant to enter your premises. This is private food. Period

  • Shana Milkie

    Thank you for trying to figure out the facts on this story, David. No matter who is doing the inspections, it’s really unfortunate that they’re targeting vulnerable immigrants. And I agree with your suspicions that the FDA is involved at some level.

  • Joseph Heckman

    The Policy Studies Journal, Vol. 45, No. 2, 2017

    Framing Food Policy: The Case of Raw Milk
    Wendy M. Rahn, Sarah E. Gollust, and Xuyang Tang
    Policies governing the sale of raw milk—making the sales of raw milk more permissive—are gaining
    traction on the legislative agendas of dozens of states. This paper examines one contributor to this
    movement on the policy agenda: the role of competitive framing. By combining theoretical approaches
    from policy studies and political psychology theories of competitive framing, we offer evidence
    supporting the recent relative success of raw milk activists in several state legislatures. Using an
    Internet survey-based experiment with a sample size of 1,630 respondents from seven Midwestern
    states, we show that a frame emphasizing consumer choice and food freedom is more effective than the
    frame that dominates among the policy establishment, that emphasizing public health risks. This is
    true in both one-sided and competitive framing contexts. We further show that those previously
    aware of this issue were less influenced by the public health frame than those na€ıve to the issue. Our
    results suggest that the pro-raw milk movement may be making strides on the state policy agenda
    because their frames are more resonant among the public. We also highlight the advantages gained
    from considering psychological and policy processes simultaneously to understand policy change.

  • Steve Wilson

    In a Police State you must pretend to do as you are told and try not bring attention on yourself. Is that what people who want to drink Raw Milk here in America are being forced to do?

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