The Star Tribune reported yesterday that the “state says condemned raw milk is missing from Gibbon farm,” and is now seeking an order of contempt. For those who recall, raw milk produced by Hartmann was blamed for causing eight cases of E. coli O157:H7 in May, and seven instances in July and August of Campylobacter and Cryptosporidium.
Last month, Minnesota state district Judge Rex Stacey rejected Hartmann’s claim that his farm wasn’t culpable for the E. coli outbreak. Stacey ordered the Agriculture Department to destroy the seized products, including 100 cases of raw milk, 20 cases of skim milk, 125 tubs of yogurt and 900 packages and four large boxes of raw-milk-derived cheddar cheese. On Jan. 3, when the state went to destroy the embargoed food, only five half-gallons of embargoed milk remained and the yogurt inventory had been whittled down to four or five containers, according to the affidavit. All embargoed meat products were gone, too.
So, where is the raw milk, etc? Reminds me of that 1980’s commercial:
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