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France Furious Over U.S. Ban on Mimolette Cheese

Anything wrong with letting cheese-fanciers decide for themselves?


Indignation is growing among cheese-lovers in France and the US after Washington branded a type of French cheese as unfit for human consumption.

The US government slapped an import ban on mimolette cheese at the end of May, leaving 1.5 tonnes of the item impounded at a warehouse.

American food inspectors object to the use of mites to refine its flavour.

A producer called the ban "absurd" while fans have launched social media campaigns such as "Save the mimolette".

According to the US food and drug administration, the cheese "appears to consist in whole or in part of a filthy, putrid or decomposed substance or be otherwise unfit for food".

"This is absurd," a mimolette producers' spokesman said. "Changing the production process would change the flavour. No one has ever got ill from eating our cheese."

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  1. “A producer called the ban “absurd” while fans have launched social media campaigns such as “Save the mimolette”.”

    I wonder if he’d be willing to join a media campaign such as “Save the Big Mac”?
    Just trying to see whether his sense of absurd is tempered by hypocrisy.

  2. It’s food if you don’t like it you don’t have to eat it. I feel certain there is someone who produces a cheese like product that doesn’t understand why anyone would want to eat cheese.

  3. If people want to eat cheese “refined by mites” well, why not? A lot of cheese I’ve encountered smells foul and tastes worse. But I’ll eat it and pay dearly for it, especially if it’s French. That’s how I know I’m sophisticated and cultured. And probably explains why people get up and leave when I cut the cheese. They are not as cultured as I am. Yes, that’s it.

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