Morningland Dairy Raw Milk Cheese

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

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"DESTROY IT ALL" - September 24, 2010

Posted by morninglanddairy on September 24, 2010 at 10:29 AM

THIS MORNING OUR MISSOURI MILK BOARD INSPECTOR CALLED AND TOLD US THAT WE MUST DESTROY ALL OF OUR REMAINING CHEESE IN ORDER TO GET BACK INTO BUSINESS.

There have never been any illnesses in our 30 years of production, and thus far none of the authorities has done confirmed testing on our cheese. Our cheese that was allegedly tested in California had been in California for well over 4 months, and no-one seems to know how it was handled for 7 weeks between being placed in an un-iced cooler (when it was confiscated) and when it was allegedly tested. We understand that by California statutes, confiscated food is supposed to be tested right away, and that  we were supposed to have our own sample to test ourselves, but neither of these things was done. The FDA did test our cheese plant and milk barn by taking 100 swabs from equipment, walls, the floor, etc., and having them tested, and they found nothing. But now our inspector has told us that we must destroy ALL of the 1000's of pounds of cheese we still have in order to get back into business.   We said that before selling any of our cheese, we would have it tested, batch by batch, to confirm that it is good, but we were told that the cheese would still be 'suspect'.  We asked them, "Then, what good IS the testing?"  No reply.

We now wait for the written order from the Missouri Milk Board.

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43 Comments

Reply Ivy
4:15 PM on September 24, 2010 
Folks, I am so very, very sorry that this is happening. It's an absolute nightmare, and don't know what to say.

Are the positions on the MMB appointed, or voter selected? Who else can we call or write?

How much is a pound of cheese? How many pounds of cheese are you being forced to throw away?
Reply Teddi
7:37 PM on September 24, 2010 
Ivy says...
Folks, I am so very, very sorry that this is happening. It's an absolute nightmare, and don't know what to say.

Are the positions on the MMB appointed, or voter selected? Who else can we call or write?

How much is a pound of cheese? How many pounds of cheese are you being forced to throw away?
Reply Teddi
8:26 PM on September 24, 2010 
The Missouri Milk Board is APPOINTED! We *can't* vote them out! Here is a list of the members and their terms.
http://governor.mo.gov/boards/show/MILKBD
Reply Ivy
8:50 PM on September 24, 2010 
Teddi says...
The Missouri Milk Board is APPOINTED! We *can't* vote them out! Here is a list of the members and their terms.
http://governor.mo.gov/boards/show/MILKBD

Oh.

No.

So how do we get these jamochs to do their job, which I assume (perhaps wrongly) is to enforce the laws, not act as pawns for big corporations?

Well, it's useless to write to the original Party Girl again (oh, how I look forward to voting ol' Claire out), but another note to Sam Graves, Brad Lager, and anyone else I can think of could do something.

First things first, though, and we have to remember to keep stormin' the gates of Heaven. God is still God.
Reply Matt
9:44 PM on September 24, 2010 
The whole lot of them need to be sued for everything they own. They need to be held personally responsible for maladministration of the law. They need to be dealt with so severely (through the legal system) that they never want to cross this line again. They need to be taught that they are not above the law, but as public servants are subject to it.
Reply Ivy
8:05 PM on September 25, 2010 
I've started an UN-CHEESE PARTY on Homesteading Today and Facebook. Here's the main part of the "party invitation" I've been posting:

************CYBER-SPACE UN-CHEESE PARTY!*************

Here's how to SPONSOR A CHEESE:

The average price per pound is $5. You can send your sponsorship checks or money orders directly to the dairy. Just let them know what the money is for, and a note of encouragement would certainly be appreciated.

Morningland Dairy
6248 County Road 2980
Mountain View, MO
65548

Now, folks, this is a PARTY, so INVITE YOUR FRIENDS, your neighbors, your mere acquaintances to join us!

Plaster the message on other boards you frequent, put it on your Facebook Status, make a YouTube video and hey! maybe it'll go viral!

We have to stand together as raw milk consumers and producers, or we WILL see the day where we can't even grow food for our own consumption!

Let's get Morningland back on its feet -
SAVE THE CHEESE!!!
Reply Ivy
11:07 AM on September 26, 2010 
You can paypal your cheese sponsorship to

morningland@centurytel.net
Reply Jen
4:45 PM on September 26, 2010 
What happens to the cheese if they do have to destory it. Can they donate it or give it away? If they didn't find anything wrong with the cheese why do they have to destory it? How did this all get started? It sounds like big brother trying to push little brother a side so big brother can have it all to themselfs.
Reply Teddi
5:11 PM on September 26, 2010 
While I can't speak for Morningland, I would imagine that "destroy" means to "destroy", as in totally demolish. See IVY's post about a PayPal sponsorship (donation). We need to help the folks at Morningland and stand up against this wrong.
Reply Kelly
7:40 PM on September 26, 2010 
Have you contacted the Farm to Consumer legal defense people? You obviously have a very good case of being singled out for going against the grain. I'm sharing your story on my blog and donating to your cause. How much trouble would you be in if you just started selling off the cheese despite their claims?
Reply Tony
8:13 PM on September 26, 2010 
Is it difficult to maintain calm, soothing tones when dealing with these people? It almost sounds too incredible to believe, but then again, this isn't America anymore. Good luck, and my prayers are with you.
Reply Beth
11:47 PM on September 26, 2010 
I cant wait to have my un-cheese with my un-wine. One thing big brother does not know is little brother grows up and kicks big brothers butt. I cant wait to kick butt. Hold on guys were going to get you all threw this.
Reply Ivy
10:46 AM on September 27, 2010 
Beth says...
I cant wait to have my un-cheese with my un-wine. One thing big brother does not know is little brother grows up and kicks big brothers butt. I cant wait to kick butt. Hold on guys were going to get you all threw this.

If you'd like, you can join us for the cyber-party over at Homesteading Today. :)
http://www.homesteadingtoday.com/showthread.php?p=4663153#post4663153

We're having un-drinks with our un-cheese. We're building a cyber-moat to keep big brother away, and letting the rutty goat bucks swim in it. (If you've never been around a goat buck in rut, you've never had your sinuses assaulted...)

Joseph and Denise, Nick sent a little something through his PayPal yesterday (n9viw), but forgot to note that it was to toss a couple of pounds of cheese away (oh...the waste!)

God is with you, and we continue to pray for a miracle.
Reply Beth
11:49 AM on September 27, 2010 
Ivy Im already there. Im myheaven there. I have 3 bucks in rutt at this moment. I say lets take a parde with our boys over to Mr. Obummers house wadya say????
Reply Goatldi
12:20 AM on September 28, 2010 
I will do what I can to help from a distance. I am in Nor. Cal. The county I live in Mendocino has made it legal for residents to grow 12 marijuana plants for personal consumption. Now I don't give a rip what one does to themselves. But I see a great inequity in it is legal for one to grow it, smoke it , and get in a vehicle loaded to the gills and take out the oncoming vehicle BUT it is illegal for me to see a consenting adult of 21 years of age a gallon of raw goat milk off my farm. Who Stole My Country???
Reply Ivy
11:12 AM on September 28, 2010 
Goatldi says...
I will do what I can to help from a distance. I am in Nor. Cal. The county I live in Mendocino has made it legal for residents to grow 12 marijuana plants for personal consumption. Now I don't give a rip what one does to themselves. But I see a great inequity in it is legal for one to grow it, smoke it , and get in a vehicle loaded to the gills and take out the oncoming vehicle BUT it is illegal for me to see a consenting adult of 21 years of age a gallon of raw goat milk off my farm. Who Stole My Country???

Our country has been taken away from us, bit by bit, by people who feel it is right to dictate what others can do in their personal lives, and sought legislation to do just that. (BTW, one is more likely to drive drunk than high on weed, but that's a whole 'nuther story.)

ANYway, the same folks who feel they can legislate against consensual "crimes" are the ones who handed away our freedoms. They had help from the people who were willing to trade OUR liberty for the illusion of safety.



You're right. There's a huge disparity.

What I find frightening is the folks who are backing down after seeing what's happening to the Dixon's and the Bechard's. They're playing right into the hands of those who would control our food supply.

Me, I never really planned to distribute goat milk before this. Now, my plans are definitely changed in that I will exercise my right to distribute milk from my farm. I have two does now, and pray for my Snubian to have 3 does. I'll keep them ALL and breed them, and I'll sell, give, barter as much raw goat milk as my girls will produce.
Reply Chris Foley
12:50 PM on September 28, 2010 
The government is supposed to protect us from criminals, but what happens when the government is the criminal? Well, this happens!

How bout we participate in some healthy civil disobedience and sell me some of that delicious illegal cheese?

I found an article with further details about this story here
Reply Goatldi
1:31 PM on September 28, 2010 
Ivy my "pot" illustration was for the purpose of saying "how many things that are done in this country legally that are blatantly harmful to the population". That is just one and I know we could all go on and on.

I am , as my children love to remind me, a child of the '60s. Me thinks that what this country needs is a good, old fashioned Revolution. When are the citizens of this country going to get fed up?
Reply Ivy
1:55 PM on September 28, 2010 
Goatldi says...
Ivy my "pot" illustration was for the purpose of saying "how many things that are done in this country legally that are blatantly harmful to the population". That is just one and I know we could all go on and on.

I am , as my children love to remind me, a child of the '60s. Me thinks that what this country needs is a good, old fashioned Revolution. When are the citizens of this country going to get fed up?

I "hear" you, Goatldi (read you?)

It's going to take a LOT to wake people up. The masses have come to expect their bread and circuses from Big Bro Govt, not caring from whose pocket the $$$ comes, and expecting care from cradle to grave - no personal responsibility involved.

What I'm reading on a lot of websites scares me. The Current Administration is trying to discredit those who are taking a stand with accusations of treason and violence, playing it for all its worth.

God save us. I know He judges nations, but I don't want to feel the whupping that's coming up.

p.s. r u on HT?
Reply Goatldi
3:14 PM on September 28, 2010 
HT? Guess not or I would know what it is. :-)