Baylen Linnekin on the Government's Looming Crackdown on Raw Milk Cheese


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Earlier this month reports emerged that the FDA had detained a U.S.-bound shipment of mimolette, a French cheese. Mimolette, which has been imported into the U.S. for decades, is beloved and is unusual because its rind contains microscopic cheese mites. The FDA also recently held up a shipment of another such French cheese, Salers. As Baylen Linnekin explains, this is more than just a small regulatory intervention against foods you've never heard of. The agency crackdown is part of a larger and very troubling FDA attack on artisanal cheeses—especially those made with raw milk.