Originally published October 23 2010
Gestapo government orders family farm to commit financial suicide by destroying 50,000 pounds of cheese
by Ethan A. Huff, staff writer
(NaturalNews) The United States of America is currently in the midst of a hostile takeover by a rogue government hellbent on controlling the nation's food supply. And in one of its latest acts of domestic terrorism, federal and state officials recently decided to go after Morningland Dairy, a family-owned dairy farm in Missouri, ordering it to destroy 50,000 pounds of raw, artisan cheese -- worth roughly $250,000 -- for no legitimate reason.
The incident dates back to June 2010 when federal and state officials raided Rawesome Foods, a private food buying club in Venice, Calif., for alleged code violations. Government agents held workers and volunteers hostage at gunpoint and stole thousands of dollars worth of food products, including cheese from Morningland Dairy. You can read the exclusive NaturalNews report about the Rawesome raid here:
According to testimony, the agents confiscated Morningland's cheese from Rawesome as part of their sweep and put it in un-iced coolers for later testing. Even though California state law mandates that confiscated food be tested immediately, it took officials seven weeks to conduct the tests, and nobody knows where the cheese was or how it was handled during that time -- other than that it was not properly refrigerated from the moment it left Rawesome.
When the tests were finally completed almost two months later, they allegedly came up positive for bacterial contamination, which prompted immediate action by officials back in Missouri where Morningland dairy is located. Both the Missouri Milk Board and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) showed up at Morningland on August 26 and "embargoed" the dairy from making or selling any product because of the alleged contamination.
So for a month and a half, Morningland was forced to dump all of its milk and avoid all production, even though no official and properly conducted tests had proven there to be anything wrong with the cheese stock in the first place. The dairy was also forced to recall and destroy all cheese sold since January 1, 2010.
A month later, officials came back to Morningland Dairy and verbally demanded that it destroy its entire stock of cheese, even though an official FDA-conducted swab of the entire dairy plant and farm found no contamination whatsoever. The FDA did not, however, take any official samples of the dairy's cheese for testing, which makes the demand to destroy it all even more bizarre.
Morningland immediately contested the outlandish demands, pointing to "lack of scientific evidence, lack of transparent protocol and complete lack of any illness associated with [its] cheese." And as of this writing, the dairy is awaiting a proper response from authorities.
Officials improperly took and handled cheese samplesIn order for the initial cheese samples to be considered legitimately valid, duplicate samples had to have been given to Morningland. But Morningland never received duplicate samples of the original, supposedly tainted product as it should have in accordance with the California Food and Agriculture Code (#32732). The code states that "[n]o prosecution which is based upon a sample of milk, cream, a product of milk or cream, or a product resembling milk products shall be had unless a duplicate of the sample is left with the accused."
And rather than properly test the samples right away, authorities took the unrefrigerated cheese and held it for seven weeks before deciding to test it. Such action negates both the integrity of the "evidence" and any warrant to pursue further action against Morningland.
Samples later collected directly from Morningland's cheese stock were not taken according to protocol, either. And after realizing that the samples had been improperly handled and possibly cross-contaminated, Morningland notified the FDA that new ones needed to be taken. But according to Morningland, the FDA refused to do anything and, instead, falsely indicated that the original samples were taken in accordance with official guidelines.
Morningland petitions for a reasonable alternative to destroying their entire businessMorningland Dairy has been operating for over 30 years without one single incident of a customer becoming ill from its products. The dairy is regularly inspected by both state and federal officials, and has a flawless track record of providing clean, raw cheese to its many satisfied customers.
Ordering Morningland to destroy all of its product because of a questionably tainted sample is both unwarranted and ludicrous. Such a demand is not only unjustified based on the aforementioned facts, but is also wholly unreasonable.
A reasonable remedy, which Morningland has instead suggested to the Missouri Milk Board, is to have proper tests conducted on the actual stocks of cheese in question. Morningland has agreed to test each batch individually before selling any of them. If any batch shows up positive for contaminants, the dairy has agreed not sell them.
But demanding that the entire stock be destroyed based on flimsy evidence appears to be nothing more than an attempt to put Morningland out of business. One report says the attack on Morningland is part of the FDA's goal to eliminate private, independent farms in accordance with the goals of Healthy People 2020 (http://www.healthypeople.gov/hp2020/Objectives/ViewObjective.aspx?Id=...).
No matter what the agenda, the government assault on Morningland is criminal. Protocol was not followed, laws were broken, and due process was ignored, paving the way for authorities to furnish illegitimate evidence to justify their tyrannical actions. And if they are not stopped, another honest, family farm devoted to real food will be destroyed.
Support Morningland Dairy and food freedomWinning the battle against government tyranny takes both persistence and plenty of financial resources. And government agencies have a seemingly endless arsenal of both, which can be discouraging. But when citizens unite together in the fight for freedom and liberty, real progress is made.
Morningland Dairy needs your help, and supporters of the family farm have set up a website called The UN-Cheese Party (http://uncheese-party.webs.com/) where supporters can donate to dairy, which also supports the larger cause of defending food freedom. At the site, supporters can "sponsor a cheese" for $5 per pound.
To find out more about The UN-Cheese Party, visit: http://uncheese-party.webs.com/
Concerned citizens can no longer sit on the sidelines and hope that tyranny will simply stop on its own. The ruling authorities will only continue their abuses unless The People go on the offense and stop them. The good news is that, even though raids and threats have been increasing, so has the push back from both the public and those being raided. People like the good folks at Morningland Dairy simply are not standing for it any longer. But in order to be successful, they need our continued support.
Please take some time to check out the UN-Cheese Party (http://uncheese-party.webs.com/) and lend your support. You can also contact the Missouri State Milk Board by calling (573) 751-3830. When expressing your thoughts, remember to be respectful but firm.
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