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F.ood & H.ealth : & P.olitics Last Updated: Dec 2nd, 2006 - 15:25:26

Durham farmer fights to change raw milk laws
By Food Safety Network
Dec 2, 2006, 15:24

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The Post (Hanover, ON)

About 150 supporters of Michael Schmidt toasted their glasses last week to the Queen of England. The glasses were filled with raw milk and the toast was to the Queen because she drinks raw milk as well.

Schmidt from his farm five kilometres north of Durham, Ontario, was quoted as saying, "It's not an issue whether raw milk is better - it's about choice."

Eighteen months ago, when officials said they began their investigation, it was alleged that Schmidt's milk made one of his customers sick, but he denies this, stating, "It was a fabricated story. I know the people very well and it turned out to be bad hamburger meat."

Schmidt's shareholding customers, who pay an initial and then annual fee, vow they will support him and hinted at a lawsuit against the government unless Schmidt is reinstated.

Schmidt was quoted as telling a loud, supportive crowd that, "I thought you were innocent until proven guilty but they took everything away anyway." He also had the support of the Grey Bruce Landowners Association. "We have to stand up for property rights. The government should not have the right to just walk in and confiscate property," said president of the association Paul Hallman.

The Medical Officer of Health for Bruce Grey Owen Sound, Hazel Lynn, warned, "I cannot legally or in good conscience disregard the activity of someone who chooses to break the law when their actions jeopardize the health of others."

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