Morningland Dairy Recalls Raw-Milk Cheese Sold in 48 States

Recalled cheese

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 protected].

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  • Joanne Unleashed  September 2, 2010 at 9:29 am

    I wonder if it’s true at all or just a means for the FDA to crack down on raw. They felt threatened enough to elicit the help of just about every agency, enter a private buying club with guns drawn, and try to shut them down because they sell raw milk.

    So here it is, September, and cheese from January to June hasn’t made anybody sick, but a major producer has had to recall the cheese and shut down operations, costing thousands of dollars in profit.

    I smell a rat, a big one.

  • Doreen  September 2, 2010 at 12:12 pm

    The issue is theater. This is the set up to pass S510 which will destroy real food. While the Senate was off for August, we had the consolidated, industrial side issue with Wright Cty Egg, and then the shut down of Morningland. No illnesses here at all. However, they cannot move any product—even tho’ tested as safe!– and are having to dump their milk until they get the okay from the reglators. They’ll be out of business before that happens.

    The rat you smell is real.


  • Leigh in GA  September 8, 2010 at 7:33 pm

    This cheese “may” be contaminated and “no illnesses” have been reported to anyone, yet this manufacturer is forced to shut down operations and recall all goods?

    I’ve got Morningland cheese in my fridge right this moment and I’ll feed it to myself and my children tomorrow just like I did today – and every day for the last several years.

  • cindy  September 30, 2010 at 9:13 am

    I am so sad to hear about this recall as I have been purchasing your goat and cow’s milk cheeses for a long time. This entire ordeal makes me suspect as the FDA is hellbent on putting raw milk farmers out of business. Your standards evidently make the conventional farmers look inept!

    I hope you will be able to resume operations soon. Thank you for your commitment to healthy foods!

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