Gibbon Farmer in Court 02 Apr 13

A Gibbon area dairy farmer who is once again facing criminal charges in connection with selling unpasteurized milk and other food products is scheduled to be in court today (TUE).

59-year-old Michael Hartmann is accused of selling raw milk products, mislabeling food products and selling food without a license. Those charges stem from a January search of the Hartmann farm in which state investigators allegedly found 300 gallons of bottled, unpasteurized milk.

In 2010 state health officials said that more than a dozen illnesses, including E. coli, came from Hartmann’s raw milk products, and he eventually pleaded guilty to charges stemming from that outbreak.

He may now be found in contempt of court and in violation of his unsupervised probation. Hartmann also faces charges for allegedly delivering unpasteurized milk to customers in the Twin Cities earlier this year in a violation of state law.