Minnesota Farmer Raw Milk Trial 13 Aug 13

A Minnesota farmer goes on trial in St. Cloud today (TUE) on charges stemming from a raw milk investigation. The selling raw milk charge against Alvin Schlangen of Freeport has been dismissed, but he still faces five food-related charges, including failure to have a food handler’s license. Schlangen became a rallying point for advocates of raw milk after he was found not guilty of similar charges in Hennepin County last September. Gibbon-area farmer Michael Hartmann has had similar legal issues stemming from the sale of unpasteurized milk. Minnesota law prohibits the sale of raw milk other than directly to consumers on the farm where it’s produced. The issue is whether unpasteurized milk is a healthy food with significant benefits or a dangerous product that can cause serious and potentially deadly diseases.