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Judge Declines to Hold Hartmann in Contempt

Saying he was going to cut Michael Hartmann some slack, a judge declined to hold the Minnesota dairy farmer in contempt of court for eating food the state of Minnesota had impounded. At a hearing Thursday, Hartmann said his family had consumed the milk, butter, cheese and other food the court had ruled should be… Continue Reading

Raw Milk Farmer’s Contempt Hearing Reset

A court hearing to determine whether Minnesota dairy farmer Michael Hartmann is in contempt of court has been postponed until March 10. The contempt request is the latest in a conflict between Hartmann Dairy Farm and the state of Minnesota that dates back a decade, when Hartmann lost his Grade A dairy permit over unsanitary… Continue Reading

Raw Milk Dairy Responsible for E. Coli Outbreak

A state court has ruled that raw milk from the Hartmann Dairy Farm was responsible for an outbreak of E. coli O157:H7 in Minnesota last spring that sickened at least eight people, including a 2-year-old child. In a ruling issued Dec. 20, Sibley County Judge Rex D. Stacey said Minnesota public health officials were justified… Continue Reading

Minnesota Links More Illnesses to Raw Milk

Minnesota state health officials said Thursday that seven more illnesses have been linked to raw dairy products from the Hartmann dairy farm. Hartmann’s farm was implicated as the source of an outbreak of E. coli O157:H7 infections in May and June.  After that earlier outbreak, the state’s Department of Agriculture (MDA) ordered Hartmann to stop selling milk… Continue Reading

Some Advice to Companies in Crisis

Sangar Fresh Cut Produce is in the midst of a public relations nightmare, now that everybody who pays attention to food safety events knows that it is at the center of a Listeria outbreak that may have killed four people. Sangar’s brass is taking a pretty brash stance on its implication in the outbreak, saying… Continue Reading

Minn. Evidence Links E. coli to Raw Milk Dairy

Look closely. The image (right, click to enlarge) identifies a strain of  E. coli found in a recent cluster of illnesses that state officials say is linked to raw milk from a farm in south central Minnesota. In down-to-earth terms, it could be likened to a bar code–a bar code for a microbe. In scientific… Continue Reading

More Evidence Links E. coli to MN Dairy Farm

Minnesota state officials say they’ve made good progress in finding the source of a potentially deadly strain of E. coli O157:H7 that has sickened 5 people, four of whom drank raw milk from a dairy near Gibbon, Minn. Raw milk is milk that hasn’t been pasteurized to kill harmful pathogens. According to a June 3… Continue Reading