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6th Feb - London, Court Case: FSA Vs Selfridges & Steve Hook - Raw milk witch trial

From: Philip R.
Sent on: Sunday, February 3, 2013 10:25 AM

I am not setting this up as a formal meetup because I do not know whether there is public viewing. Hopefully the reporters and bloggers amongst you can come along and report on this. If anybody has any more details about time and public viewing let me know. I was thinking about handing raw milk fliers on the street but have to be in work that day unfortunately.

If anybody has updates or wants to RSVP and meet others there, please go to the message board and discuss it there, where you will find this message.

A scan of an article outlining the issues is here:


Hook and Son and Selfridges have a very good case, because the law requires that there be direct sales only. Well, Hook and Son leased, maintained and stocked the vending machine and even manned it at the store. If that is not a direct sale, then what is. The FSA took it upon themselves to write a policy statement that vending machines are not direct sales. However, they do not have jurisdiction to amend or provide binding interpretations of primary legislation. Given that vending machines were not anticipated at the time of the law being passed, the judge will be forced to determine whether Hook's and Selfridge's actions were in the spirit of the law.


As a bizarre twist, Hook and Son have in their possession, via Freedom of Information, letters to The Goods Shed in Canterbury, confirming that the vending machine placed there was legal. What is exciting about this case is that the judge will be forced to making a legally binding statement on when a raw milk vending machine is legal and when it is not. Hopefully the Judge chastises the FSA for bringing the case forward, but it is all in the balance. Certainly, they will find it hard to find them guilty, but I am not sure whether there is a jury in the trial.


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