Mountain View, MO-based Morningland Dairy is recalling 68,957 pounds of raw-milk cheese (made with cows’ milk and goats’ milk) because it may be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes (Lm) and/or Staphylococcus aureus.
The company’s products are sold in the lower 48 states via retail stores, mail order, crop-sharing associations and direct delivery. Cheeses are sold in vacuum-sealed plastic packages based on product weight.
The following cheese varieties are affected:
- Morningland Dairy Raw Milk Cheese (from cows’ milk): Colby, Hot Pepper Colby, Garlic Colby, Italian Colby, Dill Colby, No-Salt-Added Mild Cheddar, Mild Cheddar, Medium Sharp Cheddar, Sharp Cheddar
- Ozark Hill Farms Raw Goat Milk Cheese: Colby, Hot Pepper Colby, Italian Colby, Garlic ‘N’ Chive Colby, Mild Cheddar, Medium Sharp Cheddar, Sharp Cheddar
The codes affected by the recall are handwritten on the front of each label and range from A10 (representing Jan. 1, 2010) through F250 (representing June 25, 2010).
No illnesses have been reported to date. The recall was issued after a random state inspection at a raw-food store in Venice, CA, found the bacteria in Morningland Dairy Hot Pepper Colby and Garlic Colby Cheese.
Morningland Dairy has suspended production and distribution of all cheeses as the FDA and Missouri Milk Board continue their investigations into how products became contaminated.
If you’ve purchased any of the recalled cheeses, don’t eat them. Contact Morningland Dairy for instructions at (417) 469-3817 (8 a.m. to 4 p.m. weekdays). You may also fax the company at (417) 469-5086, or send an email to email@example.com.