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Raw milk trial nears best ­before date

Milk sharing A cow-share membership program does not allow Michael Schmidt to skirt mandatory pasteurization laws and distribute milk straight from the cow, prosecutors told a Newmarket court yesterday.

Milk sharing A cow-share membership program does not allow Michael Schmidt to skirt mandatory pasteurization laws and distribute milk straight from the cow, prosecutors told a Newmarket court yesterday.

“It isn’t a defence of these charges,” said Allan Ryan, a lawyer for the Ministry of Natural Resources, wh­ich laid 17 charges against the maverick dairy farm­er from Dur­ham, Ont.

The cow-share program is simply “a preferred customer list” for people who want — and who pay for — raw milk, Ryan said in his closing arguments.

Schmidt, who is defending himself against 20 charges for selling and distributing unpasteurized milk, maintains his cow-share program does not break the law.

The trial is expected to last three more days.

 
 
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