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Cheese Recalled for Listeria, Staph Contamination

The Morningland Dairy in Mountain View, Missouri, recalled cheese products after tests conducted on cheese distributed to a California retailer tested positive for Listeria monocytogenes and Staphylococcus aureus bacteria.  

According to a press release from the Missouri Agriculture Department, production and distribution from the Morningland Dairy has been suspended until the source of contamination can be determined and further contamination can be prevented.

The California Department of Food and Agriculture notified Missouri agriculture officials that cheese produced at the dairy contained traces of Listeria monocytogenes and Staphylococcus aureus.  The cheese samples were seized June 30 in California and Missouri health officials were notified of the positive test results Thursday.

The Missouri Department of Agriculture announced, “Inspectors from the Missouri Department of Agriculture are coordinating with officials from the state Department of Health and Senior Services and the Food and Drug Administration to gather information concerning the distribution of the cheese from the dairy.”

The dairy sells several types of raw cows’ milk and raw goats’ milk cheeses across the United States.

For more information about raw, unpasteurized dairy products and the health risks associated with their consumption, visit realrawmilkfacts.com. 

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  • Josh

    If you’re going to mention realrawmilkfacts.com which I found to be very partisan. You might also want to mention realmilk.com which offers some balance to the scare tactics that are pushed upon people in the raw milk debate. You might also want to mention that realrawmilkfacts.com is funded by a lawyer that makes his money by suing farms over food safety claims. When it comes down to it yes raw milk can be a vehicle for food borne pathogens but so can many other foods. i.e. eggs, spinach, lunch meat, etc…
    My family does drink raw milk that’s harvested from Olivia, our Nubian dairy goat. We pride ourselves on the health of our animals and the work that goes into harvesting our food in a clean and safe manner.

  • JustMyThoughts

    Sample taken 30 June and Missouri officials notified 26 August?
    Test done in California. Any done by Missouri Department of Health or Missouri Department of Agriculture? How often do State Health inspectors or local County Health Inspectors pull samples?

  • Sharon Zecchinelli

    This is unmitigated overstepping of common sense. We, as people, cannot live without bacteria. If FDA came in and swabbed your home they would find worse things than what was found in this cheese. The thing that bothers me the most, well there are two things really: 1) FDA and USDA are trying to shut down the raw milk industry in this country. 2) People are allowed, heck encouraged, to eat GMO and chemical laden food which is obviously the source and cause of the decline in overall health, obesity, etc., but if FDA/USDA has their way real food will be outlawed.