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Wisconsin Appeals Court Upholds Dairy Farmer’s Misdemeanor Guilty Verdict


Wisconsin dairy farmer Vernon D. Hershberger has lost his appeal of the misdemeanor guilty verdict imposed last year by a jury and Sauk County Circuit Court Judge Guy D. Reynolds. In a 25-page opinion issued Thursday, the Wisconsin Court of Appeals upheld Hershberger’s conviction for violating a Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade, and Consumer Protection… Continue Reading

Judge Dismisses Charge Against Minnesota Raw-Milk Farmer Despite Probation Violations


Michael Hartmann, the Gibbon, MN, farmer who admitted breaking state law by selling raw milk and other unpasteurized dairy products to consumers, has avoided jail time and been released from probation. Sibley County District Court Judge Erica MacDonald determined Wednesday after a hearing in Gaylord, MN, that Hartmann should not be assessed further penalties for… Continue Reading

Raw Milk Might Have a Future in Canada, But Questions Remain



(The following opinion piece by Dr. Sylvain Charlebois, associate dean of the College of Business and Economics at the University of Guelph in Guelph, Ontario, was published May 15, 2014, in the Montreal Gazette and is reposted here with his permission.) Science-based evidence in food safety seriously compromises any argument for allowing raw milk to… Continue Reading

Two Cases of E. Coli in Western Michigan Linked To Raw Milk


Two cases of E. coli 0157:H7 in Western Michigan have been linked to consumption of raw milk products from an Ottawa County cow-share program. In March, a 31-year-old Muskegon County woman became ill after drinking raw milk, and, in April, a six-year-old child from Kent County became ill after possible consumption of the raw-milk product…. Continue Reading

‘Maine’s Cliven Bundy’ Gets His Day in State’s Supreme Judicial Court

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Outside Maine’s Supreme Judicial Court this week, Dan Brown was being celebrated as another raw milk outlaw, but inside, one justice was comparing him to Nevada rancher Cliven Bundy. Bundy is the guy who has refused for years to pay U.S. Bureau of Land Management fees for the right to graze his cattle on federal land…. Continue Reading

Raw Milk is Ongoing Hazard, CDC Warns Public Health Workers


Last week, the U.S. Centers for Diseases Control and Prevention sent a letter to state and territorial public health officials with information and resources on the risks of consuming raw milk and other unpasteurized dairy products. Raw milk is a recognized source of severe infections from pathogens such as E. coli O157, Campylobacter and Salmonella,… Continue Reading

Raw Milk Sample from NY Farm Tests Positive for Listeria


The New York Department of Agriculture & Markets announced Tuesday that a sample of raw milk collected April 28 from a Pine Bush farm had tested positive for Listeria monocytogenes. Further testing on May 5 confirmed the presence of the bacteria. State officials subsequently warned Orange County consumers and others in the area not to… Continue Reading

Federal Consent Decree Entered Against Finger Lakes Farmstead Cheese Company


On April 28, 2014, U.S. District Court Judge Richard J. Arcara of the Western District of New York entered a consent decree of permanent injunction between the United States and Finger Lakes Farmstead Cheese Company, LLC, of Trumansburg, NY, and its co-owner, Nancy Taber Richards. The consent decree was pursued by the U.S. Attorney’s Office… Continue Reading

Louisiana Legislative Debate: Child Victims of Raw Milk Illness Can Just ‘Go To Heaven’


Debate on a Louisiana bill to allow on-the-farm raw milk sales by dairy farmers directly to consumers took a strange twist down the “what if” road last week. Under the bill, consumers would replace state inspectors for making sure the raw milk is safe for human consumption. That provision led to an eye-opening exchange between… Continue Reading