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June 12, 1999

Morning Dairy Farms Inc. Recalls Mild Cheddar Cheese - Listeria

Mountain View, MO (SafetyAlerts) - Morningland Dairy Farms Inc. is recalling raw milk Mild Cheddar Cheese because it has potential to be contaminated with Listeria Monocytogenes, an organism which can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children, frail or elderly people, and others with weakened immune systems.  Although healthy individuals may suffer only short term symptoms such as high fever, severe headaches, stiffness, nausea, abdominal pain and diarrhea, Listeria contamination can cause miscarriages and stillbirths among pregnant women.

Two Hundred twenty-eight pounds of Mild Cheddar Cheese was distributed in Missouri, North Carolina, Washington, Tennessee, Georgia, Pennsylvania, Arkansas, Alabama, Michigan, South Carolina and Florida, through mail order and retail outlets.

The cheese is packaged in a plastic vacuum packed bag ranging in sizes between .50 pounds to 20 pounds and is labeled as Morningland Dairy Mild Cheddar.  The recalled code is C179 and is hand written in ink on the label.

No illnesses have been reported to date.

The recall was a result of product sampling by the FDA and the Missouri Milk Board which revealed the finished products contained the bacteria.  The company has ceased the production and distribution of the product, while the FDA, the Missouri Milk Board and the company continue their investigation as to what caused the problem.

Consumers who have purchased the product, Code C179, are urged to return it to the place of purchase for a full refund.   Consumers with questions may contact the company at 417-469-3817.


The information contained herein has been obtained from sources that the Company believes to be reliable, however, the Company has not independently verified or confirmed the information and the recipient acknowledges that no representations or warranties are being made in connection with the use of the information.