“A controversial and defiant dairy farmer north of Toronto has been convicted on multiple counts of selling raw milk to his customers.
Michael Schmidt, who has been fighting a battle to deal in unpasteurized milk at his Grey County farm ever since it was raided by government officials in 2006, was convicted on 15 of 19 charges after the Ontario Court of Justice reversed a lower court decision to acquit him last year.
Shortly after Schmidt’s acquittal, the province and the Grey Bruce health unit appealed the decision.
Justice Peter Tetley on Wednesday rejected Schmidt’s argument that selling raw milk to customers who are aware of any health risks was his legal right. Continue reading