Stearns County Raw Food Conviction 16 Aug 13

A Stearns County jury has found a Freeport farmer guilty on all 5 counts involving a raw milk investigation.  The charge against Alvin Schlangen for selling raw milk was dismissed.  But, the jury found Schlangen guilty of other misdemeanor charges like failure to have a food handler’s license, improperly storing eggs at the correct temperature, misbranding food and removing embargoed food.  Schlangen was sentenced to 90 days in jail, but the sentenced was stayed on conditions he doesn’t commit similar offenses. Schlangen was found not guilty of similar charges in Hennepin County last September.  Minnesota law prohibits raw milk sales except directly to consumers on the farm when it’s produced.  Schlangen claims he operates a private buying club that distributes raw milk to members who lease cows from Amish farmers. The defense is considering an appeal