Can Properly Done Tests Clear Dairy to Sell?

Missouri Milk Board Agrees to Allow Morningland Dairy to Test

11/10/10…. Morningland Dairy of Missouri, the farmstead cheese operation that has been shut down and under investigation by the FDA and Missouri Milk Board since August 26th finally obtained agreement from the Milk Board to properly test their cheese. Morningland, a farmstead raw cheese company, was shut down over concern by the Missouri Milk Board and the FDA that their cheese may harbor harmful bacteria.

On Monday November 8th, Morningland Dairy attorney Gary Cox, of Farm to Consumer Legal Defense Fund, informed Morningland that an agreement had been reached with the Missouri Attorney General’s office which will allow Morningland to test batches of their cheese that have been under embargo since August by the Missouri Milk Board.

The Missouri Attorney General’s office, representing the Missouri Milk Board in legal action against Morningland Dairy, offered eight stipulations under which they would not object to the dairy testing their cheese. After negotiations, Morningland Dairy and the Missouri Milk Board settled on six requirements to be followed. The stipulations agreed to are that the Milk Board be present, have three representatives observing, receive split samples of the cheese, approve the sampling and analysis process, receive results after testing, and receive production dates of sampled cheese. The two stipulations that were dropped were the advance identification of the lab to do the testing and the identity of the individual who designed the protocol for test sample collection. The removal of these conditions is significant to Morningland because approved laboratories are licensed by the agencies investigating the contamination, and this secures the opportunity for testing through a non-affiliated lab in the nature of a double-blind study.

During the course of the investigation Joseph and Denise Dixon, owners of Morningland Dairy, have maintained that they should be allowed to do properly sampled tests on the alleged contaminants to clear their cheese for sale. Denise Dixon said, “It seems to me that if tests that are done improperly can condemn our cheese, accurately done tests should be able to exonerate the cheese.”

Conversely, Don Falls of the Missouri Milk Board has stated, “If you want to do testing for investigational purposes only, that would be fine.” The Milk Board has held that all Morningland Dairy’s cheese is suspect and must be destroyed. Joe Dixon responds, “We hope that the Milk Board will see reason. If properly collected test results indicate the cheese is clear of contamination, we should be allowed to sell and resume production.”

The agreement does not state that Morningland Dairy may resume normal business operations if tests indicate no pathogenic concerns.


2 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. tittiger
    Dec 25, 2010 @ 01:19:26

    Does the milk board claim to be the source of the right to choose of what I put in my body? Obviously not on the face of it.
    This is an abomination to God that blessed me with this inalienable right, for they claim to have the right to take away a right that God has blessed me with.

    To placate and humour the un-Godly, collectivist, mentally, challenged, people that see a need for government to protect me from myself .(which is an oxymoron) and to take away God given rights. I say to them to keep their USDA . FOR THEM TO USE. Let them purchase only USDA approved products for the rest of their lives and touch nothing else. Just stay out of the business of those that believe in free markets and God given rights and let use choose whatever methods we wish to determine the safety of our food. You can not claim that this system will do you any harm. Or are you really that delusional?

    And we like wise will let you feed your aspartame, bovine growth hormone, GMO, trans-fat, MSG, pesticide filled, food to yourself and your children that is approved for safety by your God the USDA.

    If I am not clear: the USDA is not my God and I do not get my rights from them. However feel free to subscribe to the church of the USDA as that is your first amendment right to worship them.


  2. tittiger
    Dec 25, 2010 @ 01:27:42

    Sorry for the grammar, poor wording, and other errors. above.
    I wish I could get back in to edit.
    But this software is what it is.

    God bless.


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