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January 29, 2013

First They Came For The Cheese And I Said Nothing, For I Was Lactose Intolerant

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From the Stupidest Man on The Internet Jim Hoft, we learn that jackbooted ACORN Boom-Shocka-Lakka Troops entered a small quaint family farm in Real White America and pried the guns cheese from their cold clammy hands because of the totalitarianism of microbiology:

SHOCK VIDEO: Morningland Dairy Raided – Another Family Business Destroyed By Government Ruling Class

On January 25, 2013, Morningland Dairy in Missouri was raided and over 36 tons of personal property was confiscated by the Missouri State Milk Board. In operation for over 30 years, Morningland Dairy has never received one complaint from a customer or any illness reported as a result of consuming their product.

Will your business be next?

Moriningland Dairy, a family business that has been in operation for over 30 years without a single complaint or report of any illness has ceased today. The over two year battle they’ve had with the Missouri Milk Board ended today with a raid and confiscation of over 250 thousand dollars of inventory seized by the state. As a result of the legal stipulations put on Morningland Dairy which are impossible to comply with they will no longer be able to produce their product.

The real crime they are being persecuted for is producing cheese with raw milk. Whether the state wants to admit it or not that is what their real charge is and that in itself is criminal.

This should be the shot heard ’round the rural world. What has been done to this family is a travesty of justice. Their livelihood has been destroyed. These are good people who ran an honest business. How much more tyranny will we tolerate before we tell the state, Enough!

Okay. I’ll bite. What’s the dealio with all of the harassing of the E-I-E-I-O’s?

Oh.

This:

Since April 2010, FDA has sent inspectors to more than 100 cheesemaking facilities, including both large and small cheesemakers. During those inspections, Listeria was found in the production facilities of 24 cheesemakers, more than half of which were considered to be small, artisan-scale operations.

After performing tests on the Morningland Dairy cheeses that had been distributed to the California retailer, officials from the California Department of Food and Agriculture announced that some of the samples contained trace amounts of Listeria monocytogenes and Staphylococcus aureus. Missouri state officials were notified of the contamination found in the company’s products.

The seizure at Rawesome Foods and subsequent test results prompted Morningland Dairy to issue a nationwide voluntary recall of 68,957 pounds of raw milk cheese in late August. Nine varieties of raw cow milk cheese and seven varieties of raw goat milk cheese under the company’s Morningland Dairy and Ozark Hills Farm labels were subject to the recall.

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After Morningland Dairy conducted the recall, 14 samples of Morningland Dairy’s cheese were sent to a St. Louis laboratory to be tested. Missouri Attorney General Chris Koster and Missouri’s State Milk Board reported that all 14 samples tested positive for Staphylococcus aureus and 6 of the samples tested positive for lLsteria monocytogenes.

On Oct. 1, Missouri’s State Milk Board condemned all the company’s cheese products manufactured between Jan. 1 and Aug. 26 and ordered them destroyed; however, Morningland Dairy objected to the destruction, disputing the allegations that their cheeses were contaminated. The company refused to obey the Board’s order because it would result in the loss of eight months of work, as well as approximately $250,000.

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Judge David Dunlap, currently presiding over the Morningland bench trial, heard testimony on Jan. 11 from several witnesses for the state, including Gene Wiseman, executive secretary of the Missouri State Milk Board, Don Falls, an environmental specialist with Missouri State Milk Board and inspector of Morningland Dairy plant, and Sara Blamey, senior microbiologist and laboratory manager for Microbe Inotech Laboratories in St. Louis.

During her examination, Blamey testified that she had conducted tests on samples of cheese sent by Morningland at the end of August. She informed the court and confirmed her previous report that all of the 14 samples tested were positive for Staphylococcus aureus and 6 were positive for Listeria monocytogenes.

In addition, the state presented testimony from its expert on microbiology and food safety, Dr. Joseph Franks. He discussed the various sources for contamination of the Morningland cheeses and concluded that “the most likely place was at the animal level.”

I know in Galt’s Gulch and at John Stoessel’s house you are free to eat all the contaminated meats and cheeses that you can shove in your gaping maw without the nanny state hovering over you warning about about fever, nausea, diarrhea, and possible miscarriage or stillbirth if you are pregnant, so if it is good enough from them, it’s good enough for you. Besides the good folks at Morningland don’t need no steekin’ government science because they answer to a higher power:

The defense also presented testimony from Jedadiah York, Morningland’s plant manager, who described the cheesemaking process and attested to the fact that the dairy’s equipment was sanitized before and after use each day. He added, “Everything we do is held responsible to God. His Word, the Bible, tells us how we’re supposed to act. We feel like we’re personally responsible for our product and what we do.”

So don’t think of Morningland Cheese as Death Cheese, think of it as a short-cut in line for a chance to finally meet Cheesus Christ face-to-face.

No. I’m not proud of that, but remember, this is free…


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