Jury Finds Freeport Farmer Guilty in Food Handling Case
ST. CLOUD — A Stearns County jury has found a Freeport farmer guilty on all five counts involving a raw milk investigation.
The charge against Alvin Schlangen, of Freeport, for selling raw milk was dismissed. But, the six-member jury found Schlangen guilty of other misdemeanor charges like failure to have a food handler’s license, improperly storing eggs at the correct temperature, mis-branding food and removing embargoed food.
The jury deliberated for only about four hours before returning the guilty verdicts.
Schlangen was sentenced to 90 days in jail, but the sentenced was stayed on conditions he doesn’t commit similar offenses. Schlangen was also fined $300 and must pay court surcharges of $85.
Schlangen was found not guilty of similar charges in Hennepin County last September.
Minnesota law prohibits raw milk sales except directly to consumers on the farm when it’s produced.