When Morningland Dairy LLC, the Missouri farmstead raw cheese plant shut down by the Missouri Milk Board since August 26, 2010, lost in court in late February, the judge ordered the destruction of Morningland’s $250,000 cheese inventory – the family’s livelihood. Morningland’s attorney immediately requested a stay of the destruction. Following is the press release by Doreen Hannes, NICFA Research Director.
By Pete Kennedy
Farm to Consumer Legal Defense Fund
On January 11-12, 2010, a trial was held at the Howell County Courthouse in West Plains, Missouri, to determine whether approximately 29,000 pounds of cheese held at the facility of Morningland of the Ozarks, LLC (d/b/a Morningland Dairy) should be destroyed despite no reports of illness. Morningland’s entire inventory of cheese has been under embargo since August 26, 2010.