Cheesemakers rush to defend wooden-board aging in wake of FDA statement

June 13, 2014 1:52 AM

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On a given day in Wisconsin, 30 million pounds of cheese ages on wooden boards, a process cheesemakers say is essential to producing a high-quality product.

Now the industry in Wisconsin and nationwide is scrambling to ensure the time-honored practice can continue, after a statement issued by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration declared the aging of cheese on wooden boards to be unsanitary.

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