FDA shuts down Morningland Dairy on undocumented test

UPDATED 10/12*

Acting on behalf of milk monopolies, the FDA has targeted a small dairy in Missouri after questionable test results. You can sponsor a $5 pound of cheese, in the Un-Cheese Party, to keep the operation alive while it pursues its legal remedies.

By Sharon Zecchinelli

A few months ago, Morningland Dairy in Mountain View, Missouri had cheese confiscated in the Rawesome Food Club raid. Read the story about both here. The raid on Rawesome was conducted by inspectors with GUNS DRAWN (see the video of the security cameras at Rawesome here).

Since then, Morningland Dairy has been visited by FDA and the Missouri Milk Board, and have been ordered to destroy all their cheese, some 8 months work, the value is close to $250,000.00. Please read about all of that here (work your way up from the bottom of the page).

There are several families involved in the production of the cheese and at the dairy. These families have lost their wages since August 26th. Morningland was forced to dump all of their milk for nearly six weeks and cannot make or sell product at all.

Last month, Doreen Hannes reported:

On August 24th, fifty-five days after the cheese from Morningland Dairy was seized by agents at Rawesome, the California Department of Food and Agriculture (CDFA) tested the cheese and reported that they ‘detected’ listeria monocytogenes and staph aureous in two cheeses. The CDFA then reported this ‘detection’ to the Missouri Milk Board and the Food and Drug Administration (FDA).”

She notes that the CDFA recorded no batch numbers or “codes, which would tell the Plant Manager the dates of the batches.” The only documentation authorities provided to Morningland was a photo of cheese bearing their label. No one has reported any illness from Morningland’s products, but the FDA — acting outside its authority — issued a press release announcing a nationwide recall, notes Hannes.

Morningland has been consulting with legal counsel this week. They have no choice but to either close down or go to court and hope for justice. Somewhere we, consumers of wholesome foods, must draw the line in the sand or we are going to find ourselves eating nothing but dead, GMO laden, irradiated “food”.

Sometime, we have to stand up for what is right. We have an opportunity here to do something, to make a difference, to send a real message to FDA that we have a right to the food we want to consume in spite of the fact that they say different. [Full story here; FDA brief here.] 

What I’m asking you do to is to make a donation to Morningland Dairy via an Un-Cheese Party. Since the cheese is under embargo, it cannot be sold or moved. But you can sponsor a 5 lb block. The price per pound for the cheese is $5.00. This fund will soon be converted to a full legal defense fund.

You can paypal a donation for as many or as few pounds you’d like to sponsor to: morningland@centurytel.net. Or visit the Un-Cheese Party website.

If Morningland does nothing, they will be put out of business and may also, because they are a dairy farm as well, be subject to frequent and continuing harassment by FDA and the Missouri Milk Board. They must go on the offensive.

I ask you to read through the links above and then click this last link, which will bring you to a not-very-fancy page with instructions for making a donation via PayPal or through the mail. Morningland really needs your help to be able to afford legal council. It’s not just about cheese, it’s about your right to eat foods of your choice.

* UPDATED 10/12:  The original post claimed clean tests on Morningland’s products, despite the author citing Doreen Hannes’ investigation indicating a positive test for listeria and staph in two cheeses.  Also see Hannes’ Oct 10 update. Hat tip to Kimberly Hartke. ~ Ed.

31 responses to “FDA shuts down Morningland Dairy on undocumented test

  1. Corporate diseased minds pursue monopoly. The way we say no is, boycott the Big Boys.

  2. The FDA and the USDA needs to be dis-mantled. The FDA could have prevented this, but didn’t. I am so disgusted with our government and their cozy arrangement with the corporate big boys.

  3. can you imagine the USDA doing this to Wright County Egg? Entering with guns drawn?

    there can be no doubt we are witnessing the food wars. Big Food wants complete control, like they’ve done in Haiti.

    GMO food anyone?

  4. and btw, USDA saw the problems at Wright County Egg but failed to notify the FDA

    how convenient

  5. We can of course donate to help out, but we can also vote on Nov. 2nd to rid ourselves of these tyrants that wish to control every aspect of our lives. I am a libertarian so don’t ask which side I believe the tyrants are on, it’s both sides.

  6. charmaine calvert

    You guys are in trouble over there.

  7. I have had a feeling that this disagreement between the people and the FDA over the right to choose what food we eat would hit at the raw dairy issue. Our employees at the FDA have forgotten who the boss is in America and have decided to dictate to the people rather than listen to the people. The last thing they want us to know is what foods really cause us harm and what foods keep us healthy and cure diseases.

    Here is just how nuts the FDA has gotten. They do not even believe their own science. Any grade school student knows that scurvy is caused by insufficient vitamin C. And any first year medical student knows that insufficient vitamin D causes the disease rickets and insufficient vitamin B3 causes the deadly disease pellagra. But guess what, the FDA does not believe these scientifically proven facts, some of them over a hundred years old.

    Why on earth would they deny the scientifically proven facts of their own scientists? Because the FDA is afraid that we will discover just how important real food is in its whole state, like raw milk. Once we discover this fact we will begin to reject the refined junk from the big food companies who control the FDA. Those big food companies do not want to change and loose the control they have over us and our government. If we tell them what to do they will have to take all the dangerous chemicals out of our food and stop refining the beneficial nutrition out, like vitamins C, B and D. They will also be forced to tell us the truth about our food like which ones are the genetically altered GMO’s (guess what FDA, we have a right to know that). If they are allowed to take these most basic rights away from us all our Constitutional Rights are up for grabs.

    “If people let the government decide what foods they eat and what medicines they take, their bodies will soon be in as sorry a state as are the souls of those who live under tyranny.” ~Thomas Jefferson

    This information about vitamins and the FDA came from an article by Mike Adams the Health Ranger of Natural News, titled “FDA censorship of nutritional science threatens health of all Americans”.

    Dr. Paul Blake, N.D.

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  9. I would like to nail this down real good here so there is no doubt about just how wrong the FDA is. Also to anyone who is making a donation to help out this dairy fight the FDA that the you are on the side of what is right.

    Vonderplanitz and Campbell Douglass’s testimony on Raw Milk, this is probably the best reference for anyone who wants the truth about Raw vs Pasteurized Milk so they can make up their own minds using the scientific facts. Below are just two interesting tidbits from this report that drives a stake right where it belongs between the eyes of the FDA.

    Throughout USA, for nearly 40 years, millions of people drank over 3 billion glasses of Alta Dena Dairy’s raw milk and there was not one epidemic, and not one proved case of foodborne illness because of it (Exhibit K, p. 58).

    Some Outbreaks Attributed to Bacterial Food-poisoning from PASTEURIZED MILK..16
    • 1945?1,492 cases for the year in the U.S.A.
    • 1945?1 outbreak, 300 cases in Phoenix, Arizona.
    • 1945?Several outbreaks, 468 cases of gastroenteritis, 9 deaths, in Great Bend, Kansas.
    • 1978?1 outbreak, 68 cases in Arizona.
    • 1982?over 17,000 cases of yersinia enterocolitica in Memphis, Tenn.
    • 1982?172 cases, with over 100 hospitalized from a three-Southern-state area.
    • 1983?1 outbreak, 49 cases of listeriosis in Massachusetts.
    • 1984?August, 1 outbreak S. typhimurium, approximately 200 cases, at one plant in Melrose
    Park, IL.
    • 1984?November, 1 outbreak S. typhimurium, at same plant in Melrose Park, IL.
    • 1985?March, 1 outbreak, 16,284 confirmed cases, at same plant in Melrose Park, IL.
    • 1985?197,000 cases of antimicrobial-resistant Salmonella infections from one dairy in
    • 1985?1,500+ cases, Salmonella culture confirmed, in Northern Illinois.
    • 1993?2 outbreaks statewide, 28 cases Salmonella infection.
    • 1994?3 outbreaks, 105 cases, E. Coli & Listeria in California.
    • 1995?1 outbreak, 3 cases in California.
    • 1996?2 outbreaks Campylobactor and Salmonella, 48 cases in California.
    • 1997?2 outbreaks, 28 cases Salmonella in California.

    Take that FDA and put it where the sun does not shine.

    Dr. Paul Blake, N.D.

    • I just read about Alta Dena raw milk dairy – in David Gumpert’s Raw Milk Revolution. Writing about a study bent on destroying the raw milk industry in California (and Alta Dena, by extension) found “over a period of 33 years , the worst that an agency seeking to paint raw milk in the worst light could come up with was that raw milk consumption had resulted in one death and one case of kidney failure.”

      33 years!!! Hundreds of thousands of people drinking raw milk and one death found – one serious condition.

  10. I wish you could do a printer friendly of the articles on this site, so we could make copies and forward to those people in Congress. About 12 point would be good. I have seen some so small they don’t read or fax well.
    Do you think it would be possible? We could flood them with articles at their local districts, where most of it gets read.

    • Hi Ellen ~ There’s a print icon located at the bottom of each article in the Share this section.

      How the article is formatted is beyond my control — that’s a software issue with WordPress.

    • You poor soul! You actually believe that if congress knew the truth, that they would somehow stand up and fight for justice? I will let you in on a little secret. Congress helped engineer this mess from the very beginnning. They take their orders from the globalist bankers who are the power arm of the Vatican, which is controlled by Satan, who is intent on wiping out a majority of the human race in the coming years. GMO Frankenstein food is a way to make the world sick. This poor little dairy farm is standing in the way of Babylon.

  11. Doreen Hannes, who has visited Morningland Dairy several times, just posted another article about this matter. See http://hartkeisonline.com/2010/10/11/family-farm-ordered-to-destroy-50000-pounds-of-cheese/

  12. Absolutely disgusting the way they try to oppress anything that threatens their profits. The FDA needs to be dismantled. They have no interest in food safety.

  13. It’s all about money & power corruption at the top.

    To Dr. Paul Blake, N.D. :

    Instead of threatening the FDA with shoot-yourself-in-the-foot statements such as “Once we discover this fact we will begin to reject the refined junk from the big food companies who control the FDA” (what the ckuf do you think you’re doing? inciting them to continue that’s what!) tell them:

    The world is populated by idiots. Even if you tell them to eat/drink raw dairy/milk they will not. So you’re safe to keep on making your millions because billions of idiots will keep on rejecting raw dairy and seeking chemical-laden foods. We are no threat to them. Idiots will be idiots and idiots dominate the world. We make up perhaps 1% of the global population seeking healthy food. Leave us be and keep on feeding your lies and your toxic foods to the billions of idiots who eat them up.

  14. Funny, but the FDA is exactly who I thought you must be working for with your opinion of 99% of the population which I am sure the FDA shares with you. Always interesting to see someone sink to name calling when they cannot think. Are you sure you are part of the 1%?

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  16. You are aware that the cheese tested positive (in Missouri, after the fact of the CA raid) for pathogens?

    • no one got sick from Morningland’s products, and the FDA never shuts down a farm and seizes all its products based on a finding of listeria — when no one got sick and the farm is cooperating. Just look at how many times Wright County Egg tested positive for salmonella in the past two years: HUNDREDS.

      And, Wright Egg sickened nearly 1,500 people, but did the FDA shut them down and order the destruction of all of DeCoster’s chickens and eggs?

      No, it did not.

      Clearly, the FDA is abusing its authority and seeking to destroy the real food market so as to protect its monopoly interests.

  17. This is to odd, how about an article or link to back up your claim, what the hell is the matter with this whole damn country, we seem to think that every thing has to be sterile before we can eat it or touch it. go to Europe, Asia, Africa, South America, for Gods sake they don’t need sterile food. This is just another WACO in disguise, the bastard government employees justifying their grossly huge paycheck while doing the bidding of their corporate masters!

  18. Morningland has 30 years of cheese production experience without one person getting sick. I would really be suspect of any test the whole thing is a farce.

  19. Oh, by the way, arm yourselves.

  20. Do you really think the Constitution as written by men such as Thomas Jefferson and Patrick Henry can ever be construed so that the Federal Government can tell me where I can buy a block of cheese?

    Face it people, you are living under tyranny. This will end very badly for the world. America has been the last bastion of freedom in the world. And now we cannot even buy milk and cheese from a hometown dairy farm. This sounds like a sick joke from Nazi Germany or Lenin’s Communist Russia!

    Please ask yourself this………If you do not draw the line here, where will you draw the line?

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