Is the FDA waging a war on artisanal cheese?

June 11, 2014 10:49 PM

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The answer depends on your perspective. But this much is certain: An FDA official’s remarks to New York regulators about using wooden boards to age cheese has caused an uproar in the domestic industry and raised questions about the status of imported cheeses that use the same process.

The flap dates to 2012, when an FDA inspection of a small cheesemaker in upstate New York found the presence of Listeria monocytogenes, a potentially harmful bacterium, on a board used to age the company’s Gouda-style cheese. When inspectors found evidence of listeria again in 2013, the agency order...

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