Kinzers, PA - At 9:40 a.m. last Thursday, February 4, only a few miles from the scene of the Nickel Mines Amish massacre of 2006, another drama against the Amish began as agents of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) came onto the property of Amish farmer Dan Allgyer, without permission, claiming to be conducting an investigation.
The agents said they had a right to be there because "you produce food for human consumption." Dan asked why they believed that and they said, "Well, you have cows. You cannot be consuming all the milk you produce." They further stated, "If you get a milk truck in to move all this milk you sell milk to the public, therefore we have jurisdiction."
Dan said, "This is a private farm, I do not sell anything to the public."
As they continued to harass him about doing an inspection, Allgyer said, "You can sit in your car. I will call my lawyer."
Allgyer called his attorney who advised him to have the agents call him. When Allgyer told them to call his attorney Schafer replied, "You are the owner and you have to speak for yourself."
Eventually Schafer said, "If you refuse an investigation will you answer some questions?"
Allgyer said, "I'd rather not."
When the agents continued to push him Dan said, "Is that a question?
Sheepishly, they said. 'Yes."
Allgyer said, "What did I say about questions?'
They replied, "Well we're going to write this up as a refusal to have an investigation and give it to our higher officials."
Dan felt they were threatening him at this point.