An Amish farmer has been sentenced to six years in prison for selling herbal skin cream made from natural ingredients on his family farm – simply because he didn’t get approval from the Food and Drug Administration.
Mostly selling his local products through word of mouth, Samuel Girod used ingredients like chickweed, rosemary and peppermint to make natural skincare products for two decades before the government intervened. Writer Jordan Reimschisel joined Tuesday’s “The Morning Blaze with Doc Thompson” to talk about the latest example of ridiculous big government.
Girod, 57, is a father of 12 who was ordered to stop selling his three most popular salves in 2013, the Daily Beast reported. When FDA inspectors tried to look around his farm, Girod cited his Amish beliefs in an attempt to keep them from inspecting his skincare production. He was charged on 13 counts, including obstructing proceedings and failing to register with the FDA.
The crux of the case was that Girod claimed his products would help customers complaining of poison ivy rashes, headaches and other problems. Because the skincare products were intended to treat diseases, the FDA categorized them as drugs – even though they were made from innocuous ingredients.