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Dear Customers, Friends, et al,
The embargo on our cheese still remains. Two FDA officials came again to Morningland yesterday (Thursday) and closed their investigation, but informed us, at the same time, of their plans to open a new investigation next week. One FDA official informed us that, despite the ongoing embargo of our cheese, that the FDA had been given permission to remove cheese for testing purposes on Thursday. When we explained that we had made the decision to have all of (at least) our present cheese tested before shipping, and that, due to the embargo, we could not do testing yet and therefore we have no cheese to sell at present, the FDA agent threatened to note our reply as a refusal and said that forceful action might then be taken. After phone calls were exchanged between the agent and her superiors, the agent informed us that testing of our cheese would be done at a later date.
No cheese producing, no cheese sales, because we are still on hold...
Thank you for your continued prayers, patience, and support.
Joseph, Denise, Jedadiah, Morningland employees and families
|Posted by morninglanddairy on September 14, 2010 at 6:54 PM||comments (2)|
Dear Morningland customers, friends, et al,
This morning we received a verbal declaration from an FDA official that all swabs used to test our cheese plant and our milk barn came back negative (meaning CLEAN.)
This was an official environmental test.
|Posted by morninglanddairy on September 13, 2010 at 1:24 AM||comments (2)|
This is to let folks know that we are still waiting to learn something new about our recall situation. Results from the testing done by FDA on our cheese plant and our milk barn are not yet available. As for the meaning of the 'weakly positive' results, we do not know, and are asking for an explanation, too. ‘Wish we could say more.
|Posted by morninglanddairy on September 12, 2010 at 8:37 PM||comments (1)|
Well, for a little GOOD news!
We have been having wonderful cooler weather and RAIN! Everything has greened back up nicely and we have been able to stop feeding hay and allow the cows to graze again.
We are only milking 20 cows at the moment as the rest are dry, preparing to calve. So if we are forced into a downtime, its a good time for it I guess. Thanks everyone for hanging in there with us.
The calving started yesterday as #56 (a very good little crossbred cow), gave us a beautiful little heifer calf. Very spunky little thing! #56 had a heifer in 2008 who is herself preparing to calve at any time. If she is anything like her mother, she will be nice.
Here is the new addition to our herd. Born yesterday, pictures taken tonight. You can see the attitude just radiating from her.
|Posted by morninglanddairy on September 7, 2010 at 11:04 AM||comments (9)|
Dear Morningland Customers, Friends, et al,
We have received our lab results on the 14 private samples we sent in, showing "99% weakly positive" for Listeria monocytogenes on 5 of the samples, and 1 sample that tested "weakly positive" and "positive". We have since realized that when we took the samples we may have cross contaminated. No official tests have been taken to date. No matter what clean results we get back at this time, all the cheese is still considered suspect, since, according to one state official, "These pathogens are always present, just not always detectable." This has been the apparent route taken by officials since Friday, Aug. 27th, 2010.
We recently discovered the following in the California Food and Agriculture Code (# 32732), which reads in part: No prosecution which is based upon a sample of milk, cream, a product of milk or cream, or a product resembling milk products shall be had unless a duplicate of the smple is left with the accused.
We continue to solicit your prayers and support, and we thank all of you sincerely,
Joseph, Denise, Jedadiah, and the Morningland Dairy employees and families
|Posted by morninglanddairy on August 30, 2010 at 9:48 PM||comments (12)|
Dear Customers and Friends,
As of today, August 30th, 2010, we at Morningland Dairy are working with the Missouri State Milk Board and the FDA to clarify reports of contaminated cheese samples being discovered in California. At present, we have not received any official notice of the codes found on the samples so that we can identify the dates they were made.
We are also presently testing cheese samples through a St. Louis, MO laboratory to confirm the quality of our cheeses. According to the lab, we should have the test results by Monday, Sept. 6, 2010.
In our 30 years of production there have been no reports of illness connected with eating our cheeses, but we are being requested by the FDA to recall all of our cheese sold since January 1st, 2010. We are complying with that request. We ask that our customers return their cheese or refrain from consumption while we diligently investigate this matter.
We are concerned for you, our customers, and we apologize for the inconvenience and the concern you must be feeling. We ask for your prayers, your patience, and your continued support as we strive to continue to provide a healthy, high-quality, artisan raw milk cheese.
Joseph, Denise, Jedadiah and the Morningland Dairy employees and families
|Posted by morninglanddairy on August 23, 2010 at 5:35 PM||comments (2)|
I just found out I could ad pics to the blog! Yes I know, I'm slow......So here goes.
Eight bred heifers are now running with the dairy herd as those who read this blog will know . They start calving at the beginning of September. They are learning the routine and learning to go through the dairy barn like civilized cows. Since they haven't had grain in about 9 months, they are also re-learning to eat a bit of grain preparatory to their calving. They aren't sure they like it yet.
For the first two weeks, they wouldn't come any nearer to the barn, than the bottom of the holding pen. Then we managed to shove a couple into the barn and they discovered that it didn't eat them. By the end of about four weeks, they were all walking through the barn at the end of milking. Now, they are all getting locked in for a few minutes at a time so that they get used to just standing in the barn. Most are very calm about it. A couple think that something fishy is going on.
#808 is our star. She loves the barn, loves the feed, and is now accustomed to getting sprayed with teat dip before leaving the barn. Because she is so calm, she gets to come in the front, a position most heifers do NOT like.
Most of these girls are springing, some are obviously due later.
Remember this girl? She was the last calf born in late June. All other calves were at least two months older, so we decided to leave #009 with her mother, instead of bottling her. Here she is, barely 8 weeks old, and HUGE. No grain, just mamas milk and pasture. She thinks she is a big girl and should get to walk through the barn at the end of milking too. We train our girls young........LOL!!
Forgive the dirt. She lays in the holding pen and chews her cud while we milk.
Now that I know I can add pictures......you can expect me to blog more often. I am a picture fanatic!