Final FDA Raid and Takeover of Morningland Raw Milk and Cheese Dairy

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by Heather Callaghan

January 25th, 2013 was a sad day that marked an end to the two-and-a-half-year battle for Morningland Dairy raw cheese farm. Supporters watched as state agents finally dispensed of $250,000 worth of their cheese, embargoed since the day of the initial government-sponsored raid August 26th, 2010.

Watch the beginning of the final raid take place with a large waste dump truck ready to haul the cheese to a garbage site and remember the phrase, “I’m just doing my job.”  The families pull no punches letting the agents know of their wrongdoing. One of the agents laughs at the question “Do you enjoy destroying people’s lives?”

Joseph and Denise Dixon worked hard to take on Morningland Dairy in the Missouri Ozarks in 2008. The company has been around for more than 30 years and during that time – not one consumer went ill from their cheese – no one complained. Moreover, they brought jobs to the impoverished area, jobs that have been dissipated by the FDA and Missouri Milk Board.

While the Dixons were away in August 2010 when the Missouri Milk Board (MMB) called to say there was potential Listeria contamination – the California Department of Food and Agriculture had gotten the cheese from the Rawesome Food raid some 55 days earlier. Inspector Don Falls said they should be back up in a couple days but his attitude turned cold when he talked to the FDA. Then the FDA leaked a nationwide recall – of all the cheese – which to this day has never been tested. The original testing was from the Rawesome raid with very questionable testing methods, never verified and with no accountability.

Immediately, the cooler of some 35,000 pounds of cheese ($250,000 worth) was embargoed – no one was to touch it – agents said it wasn’t worth giving to their dogs. None of the cheese even had the same batch number as the Rawesome cheese – all that cheese was long gone with no complaints from the consumers. Armed agents showed up and locked it all.

The agencies ordered it all dumped and destroyed, but the Dixons refused and fought to the end – for freedom – for the rest of us. They appealed and appealed but to no avail. Judge Dunlap had set impossible, absurd standards and clearly didn’t understand milking cows. The costs of his “prescription” for doing business again cost hundreds of thousands not including their loss and trying to survive during the appeal. He ruled from the bench.

The FDA and Milk Board would not and will never allow them to resume – how is this able to happen? Big food companies like the one with the contaminated turkey that killed a lot of people resumed business as usual. Obviously, this isn’t a contamination or public safety issue.

One author described it as a “Death by Bureaucracy” saying:

Very few people realize the FDA has an armed and very military aspect. They showed up at Morningland in camouflage and made a lovely impression on those able to be at the unveiling of the future of food safety ‘FDA style.’

The last thing the FDA was concerned about was the truth. Don Falls lied in court as well. So we have liars, thieves, and destroyers abusing their deluded power and devastating the Dixon family, the families employed in the factory, the farms providing the milk, and all the families that relied on their goods for healthy immune systems. Company destroyed – out $250,000 – no compensation.

Joseph Dixon summarized the fight:

The state of Missouri has 6 million people from whom they draw tribute (taxes), from which they could fight us. To fight them, we had 65 cows. And the truth never seemed even to be a consideration, let alone a goal.

Pete Kennedy, president of Farm-to-Consumer Legal Defense Fund wrote:

The Morningland case was about FDA’s agenda to restrict access to raw dairy products with the eventual goal of banning them. The agency doesn’t hesitate in sacrificing a business like the Dixons’ in order to move its agenda along.

Read about their final battle on their blog here.

Read more at Farm-to-Consumer Legal Defense Fund and donate to help them survive the next chapter of their lives.

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Listen to Joe Dixon tell his story of the attack on Morningland Dairy at the May 2012 Weston A Price Foundation (WAPF) regional conference in St. Louis:

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  • Jean

    And we wonder why they want us disarmed as well? Time for all freedom-loving peoples to learn to shoot, from a distance – and keep watch.

    If these goons know they may not come home, there’s a better chance they’ll stop operating as criminals.

    (And of course it will escalate; stand up to a street thug, he comes back with a few firends and maybe better firepower. But the end result is different, because you’ve still killed a few along the way. and I know most “sane” people want to solve this sort of crap without violence. I am no longer among their number, I believe the cancer si terminal – in which case, waiting is worse than trying to be sane and rational. And as long as we’re goign to go down that road anyway, we might as well “straighten things out” in pre-emptive ways… These people WILL use a “nuclear” option. Might as well get the ball rolling while there’s still hope to WIN instead of simply leaving.)

    • SKIP

      I believe the same way, peaceful means of correcting the trajectory of Amerikistan have expired, next up will be violence and incidents like this are awakening a lot of people, ARMED WHITE PEOPLE! Even though that half negro bitch Lisa Jackson is said to have left the EPA she still runs it by proxy apparently.

  • This is absolutely outrageous. If these so called representatives of the state had a pair, they would’ve refused. If a paycheck means more to you than doing what is right, then you have already died inside. Servants of evil are no different than their masters.

  • Justcause

    Where are these folks state representatives, county commisioners and sheriff their church members and the other farmers in the county, state and nation standing at their gate with them telling the FDA thugs not here!

  • Justcause

    We either hang together or we hang separately. Benjamin Franklin

  • Heather Bennett

    I wondered why more supporters were not present the dignity and strength of this family is unbelievable!! Peaceful warriors they made me feel proud to be American. Unlike the pathetic agents who were “just doing their job”.

  • ManCavePatriot

    This story isn’t limited to dairy farmers. The corporate farmers, along with their government Pinkertons, are putting organic farmers out of business as well. Look up

  • The Arizona Patriot

    These bastards dont give a damm about ‘Peaceful’ protesters. Peaceful just means meaningless. Our gov’t is trying to force the average people into revolt, unorganized revolt, so they can smack us down harder than hell. I refuse to live on my knees. LIBERTY OR DEATH … MOLON LABE

    • SKIP

      A slight modification here if I may, LIBERTY OR START KILLING THOSE WHO WOULD DENY IT

  • Jerry

    I read that raw milk cures many common diseases, hmmm….

  • G-DAWG

    This is an occasion where neibors should have been alerted and hundreds converge onto property and dispathed with everyone of the MFrs. The when the LEOs show up handle them in kind. I’m tellen you folks, aint but one way to take care of this ever increasing problem of liberty infringment.

    The fix is beyond the ballot box. Semper Fi. III

  • flax-man

    ok, but i want to know how they got under the FDA thumb in the first place. what and where did they sign? the government doesnt necessarily just show up out of the blue. we do bring this on our own heads.

    there has to be a new way, through social networking, to give everything away outside of business, money or registration, in a free yet balanced economy.

    we dont get to just buy our yuppie way into all the good things at the store. we need to have 10,000 farms for every one they close down, and mutually support all losses. wouldnt really matter if we spread things out. let’s have a “cheese-in” on the federal steps.

    but first, there has to be “we”, and i dont see that from many.

  • BubbaT

    I pray I see the day the Govt traitors blood fills the streets.

  • Lone Wolf

    Blood will flow soon enough. We are biding our time and stocking up on essentials before obama slams the door shut.
    Keep buying ammo and bury it in igloo containers or some other waterproof device. PVC pipe is great too.

    Learn to make disposable firearms from steel pipe.
    The resistance will have plenty of people joining us later who didn’t prepare. Give them a zip gun and instruct them to go out and harvest better weapons from the thugs.
    Pop the thug in the face or throat and take his gear.
    I would say shoot his balls except he probably has none after being a fed employee for so many years.

  • boone north carolina

    Weve got the backwoods covered. let obama’s mecernaries try to take n.carolina and see what happens. we don’t take prisoners.

    • SKIP

      Keep in mind to acquire current military BDUs as they have a chemical in them that helps mask IR signatures and believe me that there will be helicopters using FLIR looking for you in the woods and a human IR signature REALLY STICKS OUT!

  • REB

    Was deeply involved in the NAIS fight…found the USDA and FDA and most state Ag depts(usda/fda field offices)to be insolent and arrogant to the max…as Im still working on farm issues I find nothing has changed except theyre getting worse…they seem intent on forcing us into the corner…I can only pray we dont fail in this fight…keep your pistol handy whilst you do the chores,there be wolves about!