Farmer acquitted in Minn. raw milk trialSubmitted by zforce on Sat, 09/22/2012 - 01:40
A Minnesota man charged with violating the state's restrictions on raw milk sales was acquitted Thursday in what he and his supporters called a victory for consumer freedom.
Alvin Schlangen, an organic egg producer from central Minnesota, was charged with three misdemeanor counts of distributing unpasteurized milk, operating without a food handler's license and handling adulterated food. Minnesota law prohibits raw milk sales except directly to consumers on the farm when it's produced.
The three-man, three-woman jury deliberated for about 4 ½ hours before returning not guilty verdicts on all three counts in Hennepin County District Court.
"This is a huge victory for food freedom," said Schlangen's attorney, Nathan Hansen, who told the jury in closing arguments Wednesday that Schlangen did nothing illegal.