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Published August 19, 2010, 03:47 PM

Farmer wants judge to lift embargo on dairy sales

WORTHINGTON, Minn. — 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. — 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 Hartmann’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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