Food Contamination Alert: Morningland Dairy Cheese May Contain Harmful Bacteria

09/01/2010 // West Palm Beach, FL, US // Sandra Quinlan // Sandra Quinlan

Mountain View, MO—Morningland Dairy, in cooperation with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), voluntarily recalled 68,957 pounds of cheese after it was discovered that the product may contain Listeria monocytogenes and/or Staphylococcus aureus. The food safety recall was issued after a routine sampling conducted in the state of California revealed the presence of such bacteria, according to an August 30, 2010 press release.

While no illnesses or adverse affects have been reported in connection with the recalled raw milk cheese, samples of Morningland Dairy Hot Pepper Colby and Garlic Colby Cheeses tested positive for the bacteria.

Consumers who ingest the potentially contaminated cheese run the risk of suffering severe and sometimes life-threatening foodborne illnesses. The recalled cheese was made available for purchase through mail order, retail stores, crop sharing associations and direct delivery throughout the lower 48 states.

The cheese was sold in vacuum-sealed packages. Also, prices varied in accordance with the product’s weight. The following varieties of cheese are affected by the recall:

• Morningland Dairy Raw Milk Cheese (from cow 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 company’s press release also noted, “The codes affected by the recall are handwritten on the front of the label, and range from A10 (representing January 1, 2010) through F250 (representing June 25, 2010).”

Consumers have been urged to refrain from eating the potentially hazardous product and contact Morningland Dairy at (417) 469-3817 from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday. The Missouri-based firm can also be reached via fax at (417) 469-5086, e-mail at [email protected], or on their Web site at

The company, joined by the FDA and Missouri Milk Board, has suspended production and distribution of all Morningland Dairy cheese pending a full investigation into the source of the contamination.

Legal News Reporter: Sandra Quinlan– Legal News for Product Liability Lawyers.

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