Morningland Dairy Raw Milk Cheese

PLEASE NOTE: DUE TO UNFAIR AND DASTARDLY UNDERMINING BY MISSOURI STATE AUTHORITIES, MORNINGLAND DAIRY WAS FORCED TO CEASE PRODUCTION, RECALL HEALTHFUL PRODUCT, & CEASE SELLING ANY OF OUR CHEESE. SEE "RECALL INFO/COURT ACTION".

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Rebuttal/Remedy Response to Milk Board, & Press Release - Oct. 6, 2010

Posted by morninglanddairy on October 6, 2010 at 6:16 PM

Dear Morningland customers, friends, et al,

On Friday, October 1st, 2010, Morningland Dairy received from the Missouri State Milk Board several memorandums and a letter that ordered the destruction of ALL of Morningland's cheese. Today we are sending a formal but brief objection to several of the statements made in these memorandums and the destroy order, as well as a proposed remedy. We have also issued a press release and are contacting the appropriate governmental agents with all of this information and asking them for their assistance.

**Please go to the Recall Information page to see the full Rebuttal/Remedy letter.** Below is the press release:

=====================FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE===================

Contact: Doreen Hannes 417 962 0030/ email: animalwaitress@yahoo.com

Date: October 6th 2010

Subject: Family Run Dairy Ordered to Destroy 50,000 Pounds of Cheese

Subheading: Battle Over Raw Dairy Products Has a New Epicenter

Morningland Dairy has issued an objection to the Missouri Milk Board’s “order to destroy” their inventory of raw aged cheese. The cheese is being held on their property under an embargo issued by the Missouri Milk Board on August 26th, 2010. The embargo on all Morningland’s product was issued in response to tests done by the California Department of Food and Agriculture on cheese seized in a raid on Rawesome Foods in Venice, Ca. on June 30th. The embargo halted all production and sales of Morningland cheese.

Missouri Milk Board gave Morningland a verbal order of destruction on September 24th. Joseph Dixon, owner and General Manager of Morningland, then requested that Gene Wiseman, Executive Secretary of the Missouri Milk Board, provide written notice of the order to destroy and the method of destruction. Wiseman wrote the order to destroy on October 1st and it was hand delivered by Don Falls of the Missouri Milk Board to Morningland Dairy on October 1st, but it did not include the destruction procedures.

Denise Dixon, owner and General Manager of Morningland Dairy says, “Morningland has been producing raw aged cheese for 30 years, and in that time, absolutely no reports of illness have been made by anyone who has consumed our product. We are, and remain, wholly committed to providing good, healthful food to our customers. The order to destroy 50,000 or so pounds of our cheese is not associated with even one complaint of illness, and we believe it’s an over reaction at best.”

In their objection to the destruction order, Morningland offers a remedy based on sound and verifiable scientific testing. Denise Dixon says, “It is our hope that reason and common sense will prevail. Until that happens, it appears that the State of Missouri and the FDA are more interested in putting us out of business than allowing consumers to have a choice in their food.”

At this point there is no written assurance from the Missouri Milk Board indicating that Morningland will be allowed to resume production or distribution of their products.

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Thank you for your continued prayers,

Joseph, Denise, Jedadiah and Morningland families

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18 Comments

Reply Doreen
12:20 PM on October 7, 2010 
We have to begin to hold these officials accountable for their actions. Let's contact them!
Reply Rose Alison
2:01 PM on October 7, 2010 
Today I have contacted the following on behalf of Morningland. I suggest all readers do the same, remembering to be respectful, yet state you complete disgust over the appalling and unfair ruling that has been made.

Jay Nixon, Missouri Governor
Chris Koster, Attorney General
Peter Kinder, Lieutenant Governor
Missouri Milk Board Staff - Karen Prescott
Bill Siebenborn
Gene Wiseman
Reply Rose Alison
2:10 PM on October 7, 2010 
continuing:
Missouri Milk Board Staff - also add Amy Luecke
Missouri Representatives:
Chuck Purgason
Jo Ann Emerson
Ward Franz

You can get all of the contact info on these individuals by going to Google and inputting their name and position. You can call, e-mail, fax, or snail mail, or all of the above. We need to stand up for the unfair practices that are causing such difficulty for "our" dairy. Remember to remain respectful, while being firm.

Most of all, we can pray for God to right all of the wrongs that are being done in this situation.
Reply Ivy
2:23 PM on October 7, 2010 
YES!!

More letters going out today. I'll get this posted on Homesteading Today, and encourage folks to write again.

To the people be the victory, and to God the glory!
Reply Colin 't Hart
10:11 AM on October 12, 2010 
It's now October 12th, is there any update on the situation?
Reply RGR
11:22 AM on October 13, 2010 
Have ya'll tried the derry brownfield show?
Reply RGR
11:23 AM on October 13, 2010 
Also how about ozark opinions on kwpm in West Plains.
Reply Curious
1:15 PM on October 13, 2010 
How often do you sample your cheese products for possible pathogen contamination? Do you have a preventative sampling program in place?
Reply Ivy
4:19 PM on October 13, 2010 
RGR says...
Also how about ozark opinions on kwpm in West Plains.

Nope, but if you are familiar with them, please do contact them!

If you need sample letters, you can find them on the Uncheese Party site.
Reply David
6:58 PM on October 13, 2010 
RGR says...
Have ya'll tried the derry brownfield show?


Derry did a whole show on the situation at Morning Land 2 or 3 weeks ago but not since. When time allows, I'm sure Doreen will go on with him again for an update.
Reply morninglanddairy
2:15 AM on October 14, 2010 
Curious says...
How often do you sample your cheese products for possible pathogen contamination? Do you have a preventative sampling program in place?

Morningland has always performed the state-required tests required, which are: 1) for presence of antibiotics (performed on milk for each batch of cheese made), 2) for a somatic cell count (performed on milk by field man 4 times in a 6-month period); and, 3) for a platelet count (performed on milk by field man 4 times in a 6-month period.) In our proposed remedy to the Milk Board, we have stated that we will perform a microbial test, which is not required by the state, nor is standardly performed, on each batch of cheese that we plan to sell, in order to identify any contamination, and will offer for sale only cheese batches that are found to be free of contamination,
Reply Curious
12:02 PM on October 14, 2010 
It doesn't seem the issue is with the milk. It appears to be with the cheese. What preventative sampling program is in place for the actual cheese? Lm & S.aureus is commonly spread by people to the finished product. What monitoring procedures are in place to monitor pathogen presence or growth on the cheese (not the milk)?

morninglanddairy says...
Morningland has always performed the state-required tests required, which are: 1) for presence of antibiotics (performed on milk for each batch of cheese made), 2) for a somatic cell count (performed on milk by field man 4 times in a 6-month period); and, 3) for a platelet count (performed on milk by field man 4 times in a 6-month period.) In our proposed remedy to the Milk Board, we have stated that we will perform a microbial test, which is not required by the state, nor is standardly performed, on each batch of cheese that we plan to sell, in order to identify any contamination, and will offer for sale only cheese batches that are found to be free of contamination,
Reply J.Patino
8:14 PM on October 14, 2010 
The problem here, besides the government, is getting your money out of your investment. Is there any way to export the cheese to another country?
Reply UPSman
11:40 AM on October 16, 2010 
This again makes me so MAD! I don't know for sure but you should look into the 4th branch of government called administrative law. I don't know much about it but heard a lot things that should looked at strongly by everybody.

VOTE ALL democrats and republications OUT on their ??? This has got to STOP!!!!!!

Our employees (government officials and congressman and representatives) in the government have lost their. WHO they work for?........ Agenda 21 NWO if you don't know what it is look it up.......very important connected to UN.

Does anyone have phone numbers and addresses of the people to contact?

Thank you, best of luck!
Reply Ivy
10:50 PM on October 17, 2010 
UPSman says...
This again makes me so MAD! I don't know for sure but you should look into the 4th branch of government called administrative law. I don't know much about it but heard a lot things that should looked at strongly by everybody.


http://www.contactingthecongress.org/

www.conservativeusa.org/mega-cong.htm

A
mda.mo.gov/animals/milk/staff.php
VOTE ALL democrats and republications OUT on their ??? This has got to STOP!!!!!!

Our employees (government officials and congressman and representatives) in the government have lost their. WHO they work for?........ Agenda 21 NWO if you don't know what it is look it up.......very important connected to UN.

Does anyone have phone numbers and addresses of the people to contact?

Thank you, best of luck!
Reply Ivy
10:51 PM on October 17, 2010 
UPSman says...
This again makes me so MAD! I don't know for sure but you should look into the 4th branch of government called administrative law. I don't know much about it but heard a lot things that should looked at strongly by everybody.


http://www.contactingthecongress.org/

www.conservativeusa.org/mega-cong.htm

And here's the contact info for the Public Servants at the MO Milk Board.
mda.mo.gov/animals/milk/staff.php
VOTE ALL democrats and republications OUT on their ??? This has got to STOP!!!!!!

Our employees (government officials and congressman and representatives) in the government have lost their. WHO they work for?........ Agenda 21 NWO if you don't know what it is look it up.......very important connected to UN.

Does anyone have phone numbers and addresses of the people to contact?

Thank you, best of luck!
Reply Terry Morrison
8:14 PM on November 28, 2010 
Is there an organization formed to represent those being injured in these FDA cases? One on one, these small farms won't stand a chance. I sympathize with this problem, have donated to your cause, but feel it is futile unless your efforts are well organized and coordinated.
If in fact, the FDA is not abiding internal policy in their efforts to reach over-arching objectives, then, as is evident, the small farmers will have to protect themselves. Local authorities, even if individual officials are sympathetic, will be forced on the side of the FDA due to politics, (keeping their jobs) and federal authority.
You small farmers will have to unite, be intelligent and be bold. Corporations are clearly purchasing policy in Washington and in order to preserve freedom for each other, you will have to stand together and persistently strive to pull down this power.
Within these enormous companies are self interested individuals wielding billions in marketing, lobbying, legal and propaganda dollars. They are hiring our best and brightest to reach business objectives and they are very good at it. They are also inserting people of their choosing into slots in Washington by financing their campaigns. This is of course not the intent of capitalism, but a certain outcome if the people are not aware and do not properly oversee their government, but suppose innocently that the government will protect them.
I will write and I will call, but please, organize yourselves. If you already have, please send information so that I can stay informed.
Best of luck to you all! You are certainly in my prayers as well.
Reply cydaydoutthar
1:30 AM on March 26, 2011 
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