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Dairy farmer’s state license revoked over raw-milk sales

The state has revoked the milk-producing license of a northwestern Ohio dairy farmer accused of illegally selling raw milk after two people who drank raw milk from the farm became ill.

The Agriculture Department said the Carol Schmitmeyer farm in Darke County processed milk without a processing license, sold raw milk and did not properly label its product.

Instead of selling directly to consumers, which is illegal, the Schmitmeyers operated a herd-share program. Because they own part of the cow, the Schmitmeyers and supporters contend it is not illegal for them to take the raw milk.

License revocation would mean the couple could not sell milk to a processor, and it would end their dairy business.

The couple plan to appeal to Darke County Common Pleas Court.

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