Minn. farmer guilty on food-handling charges

ST. CLOUD, Minn. (AP) — A Stearns County jury has found a Freeport organic egg producer guilty on food-handling and egg-storage charges.

Jurors found Alvin Schlangen guilty on all five charges Thursday.

Schlangen had resisted demands from the Minnesota Department of Agriculture that he get a license, refrigerate eggs, and package and label his food accurately.

Schlangen contended he’s not in the business of selling food commercially and doesn’t need the license.

The St. Cloud Times (http://on.sctimes.com/13oIbj5) reports Schlangen will spend the next year on probation and has to pay a $300 fine.

Schlangen won a Hennepin County jury verdict in September that found he did not violate state restrictions on the sale of raw milk. In Stearns County, a charge against Schlangen for selling raw milk was dismissed.

The defense is considering an appeal.

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Information from: St. Cloud Times, http://www.sctimes.com

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