Problems preventing a viable food or farm business to serve the customer who needs my service
There is a growing number of small farms and food producers across the state of Utah. We have laws and an organization that is supposed to protect the rights of all sizes and types of farms and the laws are to protect the rights of small food producers. The problem is that many of the laws are made to protect wealthy farms and food producers. The small producer of food cannot often afford to even get their facility started legal, because of horrendous regulations.
I started trying to become licensed for dairy about 4 years ago. While UDAF is very cooperative, some of the laws and practices are silly, horribly expensive or controversial. The inspectors are not in harmony with each other, making it impossible and scary to know if you are legal in how you want to put your facility in or not. One inspector might say you can do such and such. Another will say "No, you have to do it this way." Some of the inspectors say that raw milk dairies do not need a Food Handler's Permit. However, the state does require a Food Handler's Permit for raw milk dairies because they are handling milk/food. So contradiction..
It is legal to transport licensed raw milk in Utah, only to an off-site store IF the producer owns at least 51% of the profits of that store. Otherwise, it's not legal to transport licensed raw milk. So my question is, "How does a money figure produce food safety or not?" LOL. Some of the inspectors of Raw Milk dairies will tell the producer, "If your bacteria counts are good, then you don't have to clean those udders and disinfect them. You don't have to shave all the long hair off them." Yet, Utah law says that licensed Raw Milk Dairies must handle their facility, dairy animals and milk using the Pasteurized Milk Ordinance (PMO). What some of the inspectors are saying above is causing that dairy to be in direct violation with the Utah Law. contradiction again....
Its legal and safe to sell cheese if the milk used is pasteurized. Yet think about it.... Cheese is usually made in an open pot. Bacteria can get in the mixture, no matter if the milk is pasteurized or not. Its called propaganda against raw milk and raw milk safety...
The cost of creating this business threatens to render my family bankrupt. But are all these requirements really necessary?
Big businesses in my industry of dairy and food want to raid my facility and make me just 'go away'. Bottom line, we little food businesses are taking business away from the big guys. Why, because our foods are often actually healthier and don't usually cause lasting hidden diseases like cancer. The bottom line is we care about our customer and their problems that they are seeking help with. How can we help them, rather than just making my customer a number.
Does this fit you and your problems in starting your farm or food service? I think it fits most of us.
Let us all work together and figure this out. We can do this together. Come join us as a consumer, producer or just as someone interested. Together we can survive and win this battle to give a sustainable healthy food source so that we can all prevent those serious hidden diseases and live a healthier cleaner lifestyle.