Friday, December 09, 2011

Van Hollen Hits Raw-Milk Seller w/Criminal Complaint

No surprise that this is escalating.

Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen announced that on December 6, 2011, the Wisconsin Department of Justice, acting as special prosecutor for Sauk County, filed a summons and criminal complaint in Sauk County Circuit Court accusing Vernon D. Hershberger, a Loganville, Sauk County resident, with four counts that relate to the sale of food without a license, as well as producing and processing dairy products without a license and violating a holding order.

According to the criminal complaint, Hershberger was informed in 2007 that the sale of refrigerated or frozen food without a retail food establishment license violated the law but continued to operate a retail food establishment without a license.

There are good arguments on both sides of this issue.  Some attention should be paid (but not in this specific case) to the matter of 'licensing,' which can be taken to an extreme--and which often is a disguise for anti-competitive schemes.

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