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Organic Farmer Convicted for Food-Related Violations


Health & Wellness  (tags: organic farmer, violations, misrepresentation, food, health, humans, safety, risks, government, diet, family )

Carrie
- 494 days ago - foodsafetynews.com
The same Minnesota farmer acquitted in Minneapolis this past December for raw milk-related violations was convicted last week in St. Cloud for a related list of offenses. Alvin Schlangen of Freeport and his Freedom Farms Co-op did not fare anywhere near..



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Jennifer C. (169)
Tuesday August 20, 2013, 5:22 pm
Noted. Thanks.
 

GGmaSheila D. (169)
Tuesday August 20, 2013, 5:29 pm
It seems he still got off easy. He may want to remember that the third strike your out. Noted with thanks.
 

John Gregoire (264)
Wednesday August 21, 2013, 5:01 am
This guy deserves it. Farming organic does not relieve one from basic consumer safety regulations. He's trying to ride the green wave just in a different approach.
 

Lona Goudswaard (78)
Wednesday August 21, 2013, 7:48 am
I'm unsure about his reasons for violating the food regulations, but I see no reason to do so just because the farm products are organic. The products may well be 'healthier' and may not need the strict rules that need to be applied to factory farm products, but the public need to be able to trust on their food's safety so why take the risk? Just to save a few bucks?
It gives organic farmers a bad name.
 

Barbara D. (79)
Wednesday August 21, 2013, 9:58 am
Unfortunately, these kinds of violations are more common than one would like to believe and several recent outbreaks of bacterial food poisoning were traced to organic farms and were due to negligent practices.
*Organic* food products are becoming increasing popular. Organic food production is big business, and as for so many businesses, profits are the bottom line.
 

Malgorzata Zmuda (184)
Wednesday August 21, 2013, 10:47 am
Noted. Thanks.
 

Malgorzata Zmuda (184)
Wednesday August 21, 2013, 10:48 am
Noted. Thanks.
 

Malgorzata Zmuda (184)
Wednesday August 21, 2013, 10:49 am
Noted. Thanks.
 

Malgorzata Zmuda (184)
Wednesday August 21, 2013, 10:52 am
Noted. Thanks.
 

Joanne Dixon (40)
Wednesday August 21, 2013, 12:30 pm
Without being there, it's tough to know whether he is getting fairly sentenced or picked on. I do not trust Big Ag not to frame organic farmers, which really gives organic farmers a bad name. I'll reserve judgment unless someone can give us more information.

It looks like Malgorzata is having the same problem I'm having of getting a 500 error when trying to post - and maybe the post takes and maybe it doesn't - but you don't find out until it's posted more than once.
 

Kathleen R. (138)
Wednesday August 21, 2013, 1:43 pm
noted & read
 

june t. (66)
Wednesday August 21, 2013, 11:40 pm
Organic doesn't mean negligent. Though, I would like some more info, can't help wondering if something is missing from the story.
 

june t. (66)
Wednesday August 21, 2013, 11:41 pm
organic doesn't mean negligent. Though, I wonder if there is something missing from the story.
 

june t. (66)
Wednesday August 21, 2013, 11:42 pm
organic doesn't mean negligent. Though, I wonder if there is something missing from the story.
 

Jonathan Harper (0)
Thursday August 22, 2013, 4:19 am
noted
 

Lloyd H. (46)
Thursday August 22, 2013, 6:11 am
Glad to see him convicted, although I might have added willful endangerment of public safety. Organic does not mean or in any way indicate "Safe". And if the farmer is too ignorant, intentionally or otherwise, to know the laws on what constitutes selling food, the farmer is most likely too ignorant to know about safe food handling. Storing eggs improperly is just plain dangerous to the consumer.
 

Lloyd H. (46)
Thursday August 22, 2013, 6:17 am
Organic does not mean "Safe". And if the farmer is to ignorant, intentionally or otherwise, to understand what constitutes sales and distribution of food stuffs, I think it would be a safe bet he is too ignorant to understand safe food handling.
 

Lloyd H. (46)
Thursday August 22, 2013, 6:18 am
Sorry for the doubles, but care2 is not acting friendly today.
 

Kathy B. (103)
Thursday August 22, 2013, 7:40 am
So, you think this is fair? Think about what this could mean for a moment.

If government told you you could only shop at one store out of many in your neighborhood what would you think about that?
 

marie c. (168)
Thursday August 22, 2013, 3:56 pm
Noted thanks Carrie
 

Debra Tate (17)
Thursday August 22, 2013, 5:49 pm
Noted!
 

Lloyd H. (46)
Friday August 23, 2013, 7:23 am
Kathy B., this has nothing to do with the government telling you which stores you can shop at. It has everything to do with the government, and evidently a jury of his neighborhood peers, preventing an individual from purveying potentially dangerous food stuffs. There is no real difference between stopping this "Organic" farmer and keeping lead contaminated children's toys off the shelf.
 
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