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
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.