Stay of Execution on Cheese is Granted!

Stay of Execution on Cheese is Granted!

Morningland  Moves on to Appeal

March 9th 2011

In a surprisingly fast decision, the Judge in the Morningland of the Ozarks LLC’s case has ruled in favor of a “stay of execution” on destruction of the cheese in the farmstead cheese company’s refrigerated cave.

Yesterday at 1pm, there was a teleconference regarding  Morningland counsel’s request for a stay on the State’s desire to destroy all of the cheese that has been held under embargo since August 26th. The Judge had issued his Order for Judgment for destruction and had also issued a Permanent Injunction on Morningland LLC to stop them from making or selling cheese until a very untenable set of criteria were met by the company. Counsel Gary Cox requested a stay on destruction and asked the judge to dismiss the counter claims brought by Morningland LLC in their case with the Missouri Milk Board.

Today, March 9th, 2011, the day the Milk Board wanted to begin destroying the cheese, Judge Dunlap issued a five point ruling in favor of the Stay and now the case to destroy the cheese moves on to Appeal.

Morningland of the Ozarks LLC , has been in business for 30 years with no incidence of illness ever surfacing. Despite the history of companies like Morningland, the FDA issued a notice to consumers the same day the decision to grant a stay was being heard saying that raw dairy may “Pose a Health Threat”.

While Morningland of the Ozarks LLC has been put out of business by the seizure and complete halt of selling or producing cheese at the cheese plant, Morningland intends to move forward as a private health food association and hopes to make cheese again soon. Joseph and Denise Dixon, the prior principals of Morningland LLC said, “If we can just hold on until spring fully hits, when the grass comes in and the cows don’t need to be fed, we think we can weather this, and hopefully produce living, healthful food for our members again.”

12 responses to “Stay of Execution on Cheese is Granted!

  1. Hallelujah!

  2. Lou Ann Giunta

    Wonderful! Give these people a break. Unprocessed cheese is healthful and delicious and people deserve smart choices.

  3. phillipp young

    glad to hear judge came to his senses!hopefully this is a sign of good things to come for morningland and our freedom to choose and freedom to trade without govt interference.

  4. I hope you fine people can hang in there and once again start producing your fine products.

  5. Fantastic! Now maybe the Appeals Court will have some sense and make the right decision.

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  7. What you have been through is awful and I so pleased to hear this. It was a sad day for all producers when the milk board came down on your wonderful cheese.

  8. One more blatant attempt at freedom of choice and healthy living. I am so proud of you. I have purchased your wonderful cheese before and intend to keep doing so. You are hero’s in my book. Thank you for your courage and tenacity.

  9. Oh my goodness, this whole thing is appalling; I had no idea! I’m very late to the game here but I will spread the word. Bless you for hanging in there!

  10. I work for a health food store in Missouri and have been selling Morningland cheese for over 10 years the store has been selling it for over 25 years. We have never had any one become sick and our customers love this cheese and are very upset by the FDA’s interference . I hope that all turns out well for the Dixon’s and Morningland and that we can soon sell their wonderful healthy cheese again soon. We here at Foods For Health and our customers wish the Dixon’s well and keep up the fight. Becky Gibbs Rolla, Mo.

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