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Schafersman v. Agland Coop
Citation:631 N.W.2d 862 (2001).
John and Eileen Schafersman bought oats from Agland for cattle they owned. After eating the oats, the cows became sick, ultimately resulting in the death of the cows and loss of money. The Schafersmans alleged the oats were contaminated. Agland admitted the oats had been contaminated with hog feed, but did not include any level of toxicity to kill the cows. Waas, called as an expert witness by the Schafersmans, posited a “multiple-mineral toxicity” theory, which alleged the mixture of oats with subtoxic minerals contaminated the oats. This theory was not scientifically tested, based only on Waas’s own observation.
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