Associated Press, Published August 19 2010
Minnesota farmer wants judge to lift embargo on dairy salesWORTHINGTON, Minn. (AP) — A Minnesota dairy farmer who sold unpasteurized milk liked to an E. coli outbreak is asking a judge to lift a state embargo that prevents him from selling cheese, meat and other products.
Michael Hartmann owns a farm near Gibbon in Sibley County. Hartmann wants to sell meat and dairy products he has in storage which he estimates are worth as much as $10,000.
The state argues the food was produced in unsanitary conditions and should not be sold to the public. State inspectors investigating an E. coli outbreak searched Hartmann's farm in May and June and imposed an embargo on sales.
Minnesota Public Radio reports testimony in the Sibley County case is expected to continue Friday.
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