Back at the start of his campaign for president, in September 2016, Donald Trump argued that the government could save well over $1 trillion by doing away with many food safety and environmental regulations. The campaign’s web site stated: ““The FDA Food Police… dictate how the federal government expects farmers to produce fruits and vegetables and even dictates the nutritional content of dog food….The rules govern the soil farmers use, farm and food production hygiene, food packaging, food temperatures and even what animals may roam which fields and when. It also greatly increased inspections of food ‘facilities,’ and levies new taxes to pay for this inspection overkill. My plan will embrace the truth that people flourish under a minimum government burden,”
His administration seems to have come full circle from that grandiose vision on food regulation; the arguments against the food police came down from his web site within a few days, and now the administration is giving full reign to the food regulators via a federal court action designed to take down raw dairy farmers and the hundreds of private food clubs they serve around the country.