Amish Man Sent to Prison for 6 Year Sentence, Because of FDA Labeling Infraction

Federal Overreach: Amish Man Sentenced to 6 Years in Prison for Improper FDA Labeling

Making money by selling your off-grid homemade products apparently can land you in prison. Need another example of extreme federal overreach? An Amish farmer in Kentucky got into trouble with the federal government for his herbal remedies. He was sentenced in late June to six years in prison for selling homemade herbal products and then impeding an FDA investigation.
According to Ricochet, the father of a dozen kids sold things:

“… a salve made of chickweed, rosemary, beeswax, and olive oil. The label said it was to treat skin disorders such as “dry skin, cuts, burns, draws, and poison ivy.” Girod also handed out pamphlets touting the product’s effectiveness in treating skin cancer, diaper rash, and fungal infections.”
When a Missouri resident filed a complaint, the state health department demanded he remove the language. Girod changed the product’s name to “Healing Chickweed,” agents said the word “healing” was verboten, so he renamed it “Original Chickweed.”

The Kentucky Amish farmer made his own herbal products, including salves, and sold them to folks in his Bath County community.

What is your reaction? What should the federal government have done?

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