Morningland Dairy Raw Milk Cheese



Sept. 7, 2010

Posted by morninglanddairy on September 7, 2010 at 11:04 AM

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

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Reply jason
1:13 AM on September 8, 2010 
so what does this mean??
Reply Pony
4:45 PM on September 8, 2010 
We continue to pray that the "powers that be" will realize that they have NOT followed protocol in any way, shape, or form, and that you (and your cheese!) will be released from this trial.
Reply Bill
7:47 PM on September 8, 2010 
Leave it up to the liberals in California to try and attack the raw dairy industry. I am not concerned in the least and would buy more of your great cheese today if I could. God will protect you and bring this lame attempt of false accusation to a grinding halt.
Reply Michele
10:34 AM on September 9, 2010 
Bill says...
Leave it up to the liberals in California to try and attack the raw dairy industry.

I am a registered Democrat, as are all my friends, and we are all supporters and consumers of raw dairy. Please do not make generalized statements such as this, as it merely perpetuates stereotypes and prejudice.
Reply Michele
10:44 AM on September 9, 2010 
I am sorry to hear about the recall. I have been eating your delicious cheese for years with no issues, including the cheese that was recalled. My 9yr old son and I have enjoyed your mild and sharp raw cheddar, as have my two cats (one elderly and prone to stomach issues), with absolutely no reactions or illness.

In fact, I eat your cheese with fruits & salad to keep my blood sugar in a healthy range. Sadly, this week, my blood sugar has risen to diabetic levels again, so I guess I have to figure out a way to keep it down until your the cheese is available again.

I personally feel we should be allowed to purchase foods at our own risk during situations like this. Send all the cheese to me! I will just make sure to eat it with some crushed raw garlic (for antimicrobial effect). ;)

This entire situation sounds suspicious - there have been no illnesses, and the bacteria in question is "always present", so what is the problem? What a colossal waste of nutritious food. :( The FDA is a joke - they allow harmful medications and substances to be given to children while forcing wholesome foods like almonds to be pasteurized, as if the danger is in the latter. Good grief. /rant

I pray this situation is resolved quickly and your business suffers little from it!
Reply Andrea
3:09 PM on September 9, 2010 
I am so sorry to hear this as well. I buy your cheese all the way down here in northern Ga. and love it! I can not buy anyone else's as yours is so much better. I am praying as well and hope the croonies at the FDA leave you all alone. This is such a sad thing. Can't you smuggle us some cheese?
Reply jason
4:02 PM on September 9, 2010 
does this recall have anything to do with the illegal raid on the co-op in california?? i heard the raid was illegal and now it looks to me that the FDA is just trying to find some justification for the laws that they broke.. if this is the case people really need to get involved and stand together on these issues..
Reply wanda
1:10 PM on September 11, 2010 
what does 99% weakly positive mean
Reply Jana
4:35 PM on September 11, 2010 
So sad about this trial you're going through. Our family of 9 has been ordering your cheese for 12 years and we are very thankful for it! Never had any sickness and I'm glad I ordered my 6 week supply last week! I pray that this will get resolved quickly (hopefully before I need to order my next supply!) God bless!
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