THIS MORNING OUR MISSOURI MILK BOARD INSPECTOR CALLED AND TOLD US THAT WE MUST DESTROY ALL OF OUR REMAINING CHEESE IN ORDER TO GET BACK INTO BUSINESS.
There have never been any illnesses in our 30 years of production, and thus far none of the authorities has done confirmed testing on our cheese. Our cheese that was allegedly tested in California had been in California for well over 4 months, and no-one seems to know how it was handled for 7 weeks between being placed in an un-iced cooler (when it was confiscated) and when it was allegedly tested. We understand that by California statutes, confiscated food is supposed to be tested right away, and that we were supposed to have our own sample to test ourselves, but neither of these things was done. The FDA did test our cheese plant and milk barn by taking 100 swabs from equipment, walls, the floor, etc., and having them tested, and they found nothing. But now our inspector has told us that we must destroy ALL of the 1000's of pounds of cheese we still have in order to get back into business. We said that before selling any of our cheese, we would have it tested, batch by batch, to confirm that it is good, but we were told that the cheese would still be 'suspect'. We asked them, "Then, what good IS the testing?" No reply.
We now wait for the written order from the Missouri Milk Board.
Morningside Dairy is asking anyone who is willing to help to do the following:
"...call your congressmen, your state senators, and your local officials and ask them why drugs, genetically modified foods, big corporations who are massive polluters, and dairies that pump animals with hormones and antibiotics, etc. have government approval, while small companies like ours who try hard to make a healthful product from healthy animals, and who have harmed no-one, can be shut down as the result of one obviously faulty test. It appears that we are being targeted for the use of raw milk. How can it be that the government has the right to choose what we eat?"
Please keep these guys in your thoughts and your prayers.