Raw Milk Farmer Charged Again 13 Feb 13

A Gibbon area farmer who pleaded guilty last year to selling unpasteurized milk is facing new charges for selling raw milk and cheese. Michael O. Hartmann was ordered to serve 6 months of unsupervised probation and fined $585 after entering the guilty plea last October, but now faces 2 new misdemeanor charges following a traffic stop in Hennepin County. A State Trooper had pulled over Hartmann’s delivery truck because of an alleged obstructed license plate. Hartmann was reportedly evasive about the contents of the truck, however, and when it was inspected unpasteurized milk and cheese was found, as well as empty egg cartons. Minnesota law permits the sale of unpasteurized products only on the property where the food is produced.