The latest breaking story from raw milk down under, excerpted from the couriermail.com.au website:
“IT’S a story of undercover agents and an illegal substance, set in the heart of Queensland’s best-known hippie community.
The Maple Street Food Co-op in Maleny on the Sunshine Coast has become an alternative lifestylers’ icon over the past three decades. But now the store has been busted – for allegedly promoting the sale of raw, or unpasteurised, milk for drinking which has been illegal in Australia since the 1980s.
The co-op stocks raw milk produced by Trevor Mahaffey at his dairy farm in Goomboorian near Gympie and sold around the country under the brand “Cleopatra’s Bath Milk” as a cosmetic.
In February last year, a plain-clothes Queensland Health official bought a bottle from the Maleny store. Authorities allege a shop assistant promoted the milk for drinking.
The co-op claims entrapment, saying the official acted as an agent provocateur, asking if the milk was fit for human consumption. The worker said although she drank it, the shop’s policy was that it was for cosmetic purposes only.
The case is due to be heard at Caloundra Magistrates Court on July 9. If convicted, the co-op could face fines of up to tens of thousands of dollars.
“We are terrified,” said financial officer Dick Newman. “This could put us out of business, kill us. They have a couple of high-powered barristers working on the case and we have a folk singer representing us.”….”