Oct 17, 2012 at 6:17 am
GAYLORD, Minn. (KNSI) A Minnesota dairy farmer has been fined $585 for selling unpasteurized milk under a plea deal that ended his long-running legal battle with the state.
Michael Hartmann of rural Gibbon pleaded guilty to just two misdemeanor counts out of an original nine that alleged he continued to sell unpasteurized milk and other dairy and meat products contaminated with E. coli and other pathogens despite an embargo and other state efforts to stop him.
State officials got warrants to search Hartmann's farm in 2010 after people allegedly got sick from consuming his milk, cheese and ice cream.
In another raw milk case, Alvin Schlangen, an organic egg producer from Freeport, was acquitted in Hennepin County last month on charges of violating the state's restrictions on raw milk sales.
Schlangen, who was not implicated in any disease outbreaks, still faces similar charges in Stearns County.
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