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Wed July 3, 2013
Virginia Group Steps Into Wisconsin Raw Milk Case
The Virginia-based Farm-to-Consumer Legal Defense Fund has filed an appeal, on behalf of a Wisconsin dairy farmer. In May, a state court convicted Vernon Hershberger of violating a hold the state had put on his raw milk products, a seal, indicating they should not be sold publicly.
However, the jury found him not guilty of producing milk, operating a dairy plant and selling retail food without licenses.
On the misdemeanor conviction, the judge fined Hershberger $1,000.
He claimed the milk he sold went to members of a private club that formed, believing unpasteurized milk is good for some people.
Wisconsin has banned public sales of the product, due to health concerns.
Investigators raided his farm in Loganville, in 2010.