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A group of Maryland and Washington consumers named the Grassfed on the Hill Buying Club said Tuesday that it has more than 1,000 members and plans to fight FDA jurisdiction over what it claims is a private transaction.

“We have every right to obtain the foods of our choice from the producer of our choice based on our values,” said Karine Bouis-Towe, the group’s founder. “There is trust that is created and built between the farmer and consumer in this relationship. The FDA and other federal government agencies should not interfere in private, direct relationships between farmers and consumers.”

From wire dispatches and staff reports