Outrageous Fla. Dairy Farmer Says State Wants Her to Mislead Customers
A Florida dairy farmer who has been in business for 25 years prides herself on telling her customers the truth. Now, she says the government wants her to mislead the people who buy her milk.
Mary Lou Wesselhoeft, a third-generation dairy farmer who runs Ocheesee Creamery, was on “Fox and Friends” this morning. She explained that skim milk doesn’t have much vitamin A left in it after the cream is removed off the top. So, most places add the vitamin A back into their skim milk.
Wesselhoeft was once part of a dairy cooperative, but started bottling her milk five years ago, and she says the labeling was approved by the Department of Agriculture.
“Our customers were very happy, they couldn’t believe it wasn’t skim milk, and then all of a sudden one day the state comes in and says, ‘You may no longer sell your skim milk unless you put the vitamin A in it.’”
But Wesselhoeft said that’s against her policy because she doesn’t want to add additives to her products.
“We want it to be just plain, natural milk,” she explained.
The government said that if Ocheesee wanted to keep selling its skim milk, it would have to change the name to “Non-Grade ‘A’ Milk product, natural Milk Vitamins Removed.”
Wesselhoeft said that would confuse her customer base, which she describes as people who are concerned about how their food is processed and where it comes from.
“It’s very disappointing that we have a government agency that is working against us instead of working with us, and they want us to confuse our customers, and we do not want to do that,” she said.
Now, Wesselhoeft said the creamery has to dump the skim milk, calling it very disheartening.
“I think about all the work that those big brown-eyed beauties… every morning they come to give us the milk, and we work to take it away, and it’s all just dumped down the drain, and that’s very hard.”