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Monday, December 19, 2011

Health Unit Mulls Raw Milk Issue

Grey Bruce | by James Greensmith  

Grey Bruce Health Unit lawyers still reviewing case against Michael Schmidt.

The Grey Bruce Health Unit is trying to determine the best course of action to take against raw milk crusader Michael Schmidt.

Back on October 13th, Schmidt held a rally outside the Health Unit in Owen Sound where he distributed raw milk to a number of his supporters -- and it was seized by health officials.

Last month, Schmidt was fined $9,150 by the province, and got a year of probation stemming from earlier raw milk distribution charges.

Schmidt has gone on record saying he will not pay the fine.

Medical Officer of Health Doctor Hazel Lynn says they are in a bit of a grey area in terms of what they can charge Schmidt with.

Doctor Lynn says they could charge Schmidt under the Health Protection and Promotion Act (HPPA) -- but he could then appeal that, which may lead to a costly, drawn out legal battle.

The Health Unit dropped an earlier charge against Schmidt because it applied to him selling raw milk from his store, which he has since shut down.

However, Dcotor Lynn tells Bayshore Broadcasting News that the fight is far from over, and the Health Unit's lawyers will decide how to proceed from here.



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