Missouri AG Files for Injunction Against Raw Milk Producer
Missouri Attorney General Chris Koster has filed a petition for both a preliminary and permanent injunction against Armand and Teddi Bechard, seeking an order from the Greene County Circuit Court enjoining Bechard Family Farm from delivering raw milk and cream to its customers at a central distribution point. Under state law, "an individual may purchase and have delivered to him for his own use raw milk or cream from a farm." The state's position is that any delivery of raw milk must be direct to the customer's home. The petition alleges that two separate purchases of raw milk from Bechard Family Farm were made by undercover agents working for the Springfield-Greene County Health Department. The purchases took place in April of this year at the parking lot of Mama Jean's Natural Food Market in Springfield. According to the complaint, undercover agents "never ordered milk from Mr. and Mrs. Bechard or any representative of the Bechard Family Farm and therefore never requested that the milk be personally delivered to [them] from the farm," as permitted by state law.
The Bechard's contention is that the law does not limit delivery of raw milk and cream to the consumer's residence. All of the Bechards' customers want delivery to take place at a central distribution point. Those in support of the Bechards are urged to attend a January 12 meeting of the Missouri State Milk Board; raw milk will be on the agenda for the meeting in Jefferson City.