Texas Farmer Found Guilty of Distributing Raw Milk

Eldon Hooley, a dairy farmer in Fort Worth, Texas, has been found guilty of operating a food establishment that was selling food from an unapproved source – charges that stemmed from a May 2014 raid of Hooley’s truck that was delivering raw milk to customers off the farm. In Texas, sales of raw milk are only legal on the farm itself.

Furthermore, at the time of the raid, Hooley’s license to sell raw milk had been suspended because his milk had tested positive for the bacteria Yersinia, which is required for testing in the state of Texas and penalties for testing positive usually result in the loss of two weeks’ worth of sales.

According to the Farm-to-Consumer Legal Defense Fund, the Fort Worth city code classifies vehicles as “food establishments” and “…the city claimed that the containers were from an unapproved source since Hooley’s license was under suspension at the time of the raid.”

As a result of his guilty verdict, Hooley has been ordered to pay $1,500 in fines and an additional $67 in court costs. Hooley has not yet decided whether to appeal.

Read more details about Hooley’s trial, verdict, and responses from the public via the Farm-to-Consumer Legal Defense Fund.

To learn more about raw milk and other nutrient dense foods, visit westonaprice.org