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A lawsuit was filed today in the Circuit Court for Barry County, Missouri
against Soni Copeland and the Herb Depot and Organic
Market. The petition was filed on behalf of Monett residents Brian and Angela
Pedersen and their young son, Larry. The Pedersen family is represented by Marler Clark, a
The lawsuit states that in April, 2008 Angela Pedersen purchased raw milk
from the Herb Depot and Organic Market in Monett, where she was encouraged to
give it to her son Larry, then one year old. In late April, Larry Pedersen
began to suffer from symptoms including vomiting, bloody diarrhea, and
abdominal cramps. He was admitted to the hospital in
Raw milk regulation is determined at the state level and varies widely across the country. In Missouri, raw milk can legally be sold at the point of production (the dairy farm) or delivered personally by the farmer, but may not be sold by retail establishments such as the Herb Depot. As a state law was violated, the Missouri Attorney Generalís office has also filed suit against Soni Copeland and the Herb Depot.
Raw milk is at the center of a nationwide controversy over its potential value as a nutritional food versus the terrible illnesses that can result from contaminated product. Pasteurization was developed to rid dairy products of pathogens like toxic E. coli, as well as to assure a longer, safer shelf life. Proponents of raw milk believe that pasteurization also eliminates healthful benefits of the dairy product.
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