From Denis Langlois in the Owen Sound Sun Times:
A toast for the Queen, whose family are known drinkers of raw milk at the rally last week during which milk was seized by Chris Munn of the Grey Bruce health unit
“Durham-area farmer Michael Schmidt will be charged now that laboratory tests have confirmed that milk distributed at a rally last week was unpasteurized, a Grey Bruce Health Unit official said Monday.
Schmidt, reached at his farm Monday, said he is not surprised that the health unit plans to lay charges against him.
“They seem to be just full of vengeance to get me. It has nothing to do with the safety of people,” he said. Continue reading
From Paul Jankowsky, in the Owen Sound Sun Times:
Dr. Hazel Lynn, MD, FCFP, MHSc - Medical Officer of Health, Grey Bruce Health Unit
A 1994 health inspector’s order that directs Michael Schmidt to stop “manufacturing, processing, preparation, storage, handling, display of unpasteurized milk and milk products” remains in effect even though three charges against the Durham-area farmer for breaching the order in 2006 have been dismissed, Dr. Hazel Lynn, the medical officer of health for Grey Bruce, said Thursday.
Whether the health unit will strictly enforce the order as Schmidt attempts to appeal other convictions related to his raw milk business remains to be seen, Lynn said.
In a ruling released Wednesday, Justice Peter Tetley overturned the findings of a justice of the peace, who in January dismissed all 19 charges laid against Schmidt in 2006 related to the production and distribution of raw — or unpasteurized — milk. Tetley convicted Schmidt of 15 charges but dismissed those relating to the 1994 health inspector’s order. Continue reading
This just in from raw milk farmer Michael Schmidt in Durham, Ontario:
The original document, as received by farmer Michael Schmidt
The text of the letter reads:
“We confirm that the judgement after trial in these matters, and in the related Ministry of Natural Resources prosecutions involving you, will be given on 21 January 2010 at the Newmarket Provincial Offenses Court. Continue reading