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Associated Press, Published May 27 2010

Minnesota Agriculture aims to crack down on raw milk

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — A spokesman for the Minnesota Department of Agriculture says the agency is likely to to crack down harder on raw milk sellers in the state after four people got sick from drinking E. coli-tainted milk.

The Department of Health has definitely linked three cases of E. coli to unpasteurized milk from Hartmann Dairy Farm near Gibbon in southern Minnesota. The department says the fourth case matches the same DNA fingerprint but has not been definitively linked to the dairy.

One of the four victims is an infant who remains hospitalized Thursday with a life-threatening illness.

Agriculture Department spokesman Michael Schommer says the agency is investigating Hartmann Dairy, but would not give details. The owner of the dairy did not return a call seeking comment.

Copyright 2010 The Associated Press.