Sunday, December 19, 2010 at 12:01PM
Morningland Dairy, the small Missouri cheese producer caught up in spillover from the June 30 raid of Rawesome Food Club, has begun a legal journey that it hopes will allow it to get back into business.
Morningland has been in business for thirty years without any illnesses, but has been ordered by the Missouri Milk Board to destroy $250,000 worth of cheese because of the discovery of listeria monocytogenes in some samples. Since the U.S. Food and Drug Administration made the original announcement about the discovery, it’s assumed the FDA has been pushing the regulatory and legal nightmare that Morningland has had to deal with over the last five months. The FDA was the organizing force behind the June 30 raid of Rawesome, in which Morningland cheese was included in the food confiscated, and in August found to test positive for listeria monocytogenes by the FDA and the California Department of Food and Agriculture.
Because there was no flexibility in the Missouri Milk Board’s ruling–all the cheese produced in 2010 had to be destroyed, and there was no re-doing a test in which company-provided samples were possibly contaminated in the improper cutting of the cheese–the company contested the state’s court order. (For background information, including the court order, see the Morningland site.)
Read the rest of it here: thecompletepatient.com
On another note, the Estrella’s had a news piece on local television. Customers step in to help…