Sep 17, 2012 at 7:45 am
FREEPORT, MN (KNSI) - Trial is scheduled to begin today in the case of a Freeport farmer charged with distributing raw milk.
Alvin Schlangen operates Freedom Farms Co-Op, which picks up raw milk from an Amish farm and delivers it to customers--primarily in the Twin Cities. He now faces misdemeanor charges in Hennepin County District Court for violating Minnesota's food safety code.
The unavailability of a state witness postponed the scheduled start of the trial, originally set for May.
Supporters of raw milk say it's easier to digest, but public health experts say it can contain bacteria that can pose health risks. The trial is expected to last about three days.