Writing for Food Republic, Christine Haughney outlines the FDA’s ongoing battle with artisanal cheese makers, a fight some say is crippling a growing industry:
It’s the FDA’s job to protect consumers from cheeses that could sicken them. But in recent years, critics say the enforcement efforts have gotten out of hand. Dozens of cheese makers, industry experts, politicians and academics interviewed for this article say the FDA has been overzealous, treating people with solid agricultural degrees and apprenticeships at top European cheese makers like criminals who are pawning illegal Mexican street cheeses or selling customers liquid raw milk, which has not undergone centuries-old aging techniques. These artisanal cheese makers, many of whom were afraid to speak on the record because they fear retaliation from the FDA, say they have been trying to educate the agency about their efforts to revive historic cheese-making traditions. Instead, the FDA has punished them with unreasonable inspections and fines.
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