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Published August 19, 2010, 03:47 PM

Farmer wants judge to lift embargo on dairy sales

WORTHINGTON, Minn. ā€” A Minnesota dairy farmer who sold unpasteurized milk linked to an E. coli outbreak is asking a judge to lift a state embargo that prevents him from selling cheese, meat and other products.

WORTHINGTON, Minn. ā€” A Minnesota dairy farmer who sold unpasteurized milk linked 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 up to $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 Hartmannā€™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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