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".
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.