B.C. raw milk co-op loses latest court challenge – CBC (Canada)

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The B.C. Supreme Court has reaffirmed the Fraser Health Authority’s ability to enforce an injunction against a raw milk farm near Chilliwack.

The health authority alleges an inspection in August proved that milk was still being distributed, despite a ban.

Raw milk enthusiasts had formed a co-operative with farmers in an alleged attempt to circumvent the ban, because B.C. law allows farmers to drink raw milk from their own cows.

Co-op members are fighting the ban, arguing that health officials are over-stepping their authority, says member Gordon Watson.

“It’s not about milk at all,” said Watson. “It’s about whether people have the right to use and enjoy their own property. It’s a rights issue. It’s a property rights issue.”

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