Raw Milk Trial Postponed
Wednesday, June 13, 2012 7:20 AMby
Michael Schmidt's trial in British Columbia postponed indefinitely for sick prosecutor.
The contempt of court case in British Columbia against Durham area farmer Michael Schmidt has been postponed indefinitely.
The raw milk farmer was charged several months ago, and the hearing was to resume last week in Vancouver.
Schmidt tells Bayshore Broadcasting News he was informed just before he was to fly out west, that the prosecutor was ill and the two day hearing was cancelled.
He believes the B-C government just wants to let the case die quietly, as this is the second time a prosecutor for the Health department has resigned from the trial.
The charges are connected to a Home-on-the-Range cow share operation in Chilliwack, B.C.
Schmidt helped to restructure the operation to produce cosmetics for the cow share members.
Schmidt says Health Canada recently ruled you can make cosmetics from raw milk, and you don't have to be registered.
He claims with that ruling, the Crown had little to support a contempt of court charge.
Meanwhile, Schmidt is still due to appear at Osgoode Hall in Toronto on July 25th.
He is seeking leave to appeal his conviction and fine of 91 hundred dollars in connection with the sale and distribution of raw milk in the Owen Sound area.