Gibbon Area Farmer Plea 16 Oct 12

A Gibbon area farmer accused of selling raw milk and uninspected meat has pleaded guilty to 2 of the 9 counts against him.

59-year-old Michael O. Hartmann entered the pleas on Monday in Sibley County Court.

He pleaded guilty to misdemeanor sale of unpasteurized milk on his farm in 2010 as well as misdemeanor sale of food without a license.

Hartmann was ordered to serve 6 months of unsupervised probation and was fined $585. He was also ordered to comply with all state licensing and labeling laws within 60 days.

Hartmann had been charged with a total of 9 counts alleging that the raw milk and other products he was selling led to an E. coli outbreak that sent at least 8 people to the hospital.

A state embargo was instituted on his farm in 2010.

In exchange for the guilty pleas this week, all charges and warrants for his wife Diane, his brother Roger, and his business associate Linda Schultz were dismissed.

His jury trial was also canceled.