Michael Schmidt Fights for Legality of Chilliwack Dairy
Michael Schmidt, who is a farmer in Ontario, is in B. C. to fight a legal battle for Chilliwack dairy that distributes unpasteurized milk to families who own shares in their own cows.
Michael is hopeful of winning the case and getting the rights to sell unpasteurized milk in B. C.
Earlier this month, Alice Jongerden had to resign, when the Fraser Health authority filed a case against her for distributing raw milk. The agency said that she was repeatedly asked to stop packaging and distributing products. She will appear in the court, on Oct. 14.
The charges against Schmidt were first filed in the year 2006, and he was fined $55,000 for contempt of court. In January, he was acquitted from all the 19 charges.
The scientists say that raw milk is not good for health. In the United States, as many as 29 states allow the sale of unpasteurized milk.
In the US, between the period of 1990 and 2003, out of 153 milk-related health outbreaks, 50 were due to raw milk and around 1140 people fell ill.
Among all the G8 countries, Canada is the only country where it is legal to sell raw milk.
The court said that Jongerden was â€˜willingly causing a health hazardâ€™ and decided to uphold the cease-and-desist order.
Raw milk advocates said that pasteurization kills the beneficial enzymes in milk. They also said that raw milk can cause serious illness in human beings as it contains many harmful bacteria.