FDA considers ban that would dramatically impact cheese industry

June 11, 2014 1:34 AM

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FDA considers ban that would dramatically impact cheese industry

It started in New York state, but it has potential worldwide ramifications. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has notified regulators in New York that the common practice of aging cheese on wooden boards may be banned, impacting not only domestic artisanal cheese producers who use wood boards to age their cheese, but also tens of thousands of U.S. businesses that import cheese from abroad.

The reasoning, according to the FDA, is that wooden shelves and boards cannot be adequately cleaned and sanitized and therefore do not conform to regulations regarding plant equipment and utensils.

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