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French Mimolette: The Hardest Cheese to Get Your Hands On(FDA bullies)
Yahoo ^ | 4/16/13 | Beth Greenfield

Posted on 04/17/2013 12:57:13 PM PDT by Teflonic

An FDA crackdown on the import of the French cheese mimolette has foodies crying foul.

“Isigny was alerted by importers that the cheese was being put on “FDA hold,” meaning it could not be moved from its arrival warehouse until further inspection. After that, he said, the cheese received the more damning label of “detained,” meaning it could not be sold in the U.S.

The reason given was that the inspectors found cheese mites in the rind, which can cause allergies, and which made the product “adulterated,” and consists of a “decomposed substance otherwise unfit for food.” (Mites, related to ticks, are tiny arthropods.) But using the microscopic cheese mites, de Vitton explained, is a vital part of the ripening process for the unique mimolette—which is “sweet,” with a “caramelized depth and smooth, fudgy finish,”

The cheese’s detention, de Vitton explained, leaves the company with three options: make it FDA compliant, send it back to France, or destroy the product completely. Destroying the cheese would be heartbreaking, he said, but sending it back has been difficult, since doing so requires special documentation from the FDA, which de Vitton says the agency has not provided.

“It’s like forbidding strawberries because some people are allergic to strawberries.” Mimolette is a cheese "everyone [in France] has in his fridge. It’s not a stinky cheese, it’s more delicate, almost like a very good cheddar.”

As far as the mites, she explained, “Almost any cloth-based cheese will have mites, it will draw these mites, which eat the outside which lets it breathe and mature properly.” But, with mimolette, “It’s treated to kill the mites before it’s shipped out of France,” so the FDA must have been looking very hard for the remaining microscopic creatures.

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TOPICS: Government
KEYWORDS: cheese; fda; france; mimolette; mites
This is a real shame, my favorite cheese being banned by some ignorant federal letter agency.
1 posted on 04/17/2013 12:57:13 PM PDT by Teflonic
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To: Teflonic
An FDA crackdown on the import of the French cheese mimolette has foodies crying foul. “Isigny was alerted by importers that the cheese was being put on “FDA hold,” meaning it could not be moved from its arrival warehouse until further inspection.

Just like any other corrupt third-world bureaucracy, the FDA requires tribute before it will allow you to conduct your business.

2 posted on 04/17/2013 12:59:09 PM PDT by E. Pluribus Unum ("Deficit spending is simply a scheme for the confiscation of wealth." --Alan Greenspan)
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To: E. Pluribus Unum
Article 1, Section 8 of the Constitution clearly states that the federal government has the power to regulate mites on cheese.

Or maybe not.

/johnny

3 posted on 04/17/2013 1:01:05 PM PDT by JRandomFreeper (Gone Galt)
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To: Teflonic

Cheese mites in action

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qVg2CWhLnF4


4 posted on 04/17/2013 1:01:18 PM PDT by Tijeras_Slim
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To: Teflonic

Look if it Aien’t Chedder, Colby, Mozzerella, Cottage, Blue, or Limberger I DON’T CARE!


5 posted on 04/17/2013 1:02:55 PM PDT by US Navy Vet (Go Packers! Go Rockies! Go Boston Bruins! See, I'm "Diverse"!)
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To: Teflonic

FDA employees to take cheese home to test(taste)IT.


6 posted on 04/17/2013 1:03:20 PM PDT by stephenjohnbanker
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To: Tijeras_Slim
Cheese mites in action

Do I really want to click on that link of yours?

7 posted on 04/17/2013 1:06:27 PM PDT by Hot Tabasco (This space for rent)
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To: Teflonic

You have to be pretty sophisticated to eat cheese with bugs!


8 posted on 04/17/2013 1:07:58 PM PDT by RetiredTexasVet (The Team: Progressives, Margret Sanger, Josef Mengele and the Butcher of Philadelphia)
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To: Hot Tabasco

Don’t you trust me? ;)


9 posted on 04/17/2013 1:08:10 PM PDT by Tijeras_Slim
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To: Tijeras_Slim
Cheese mites in action

One has to wonder about the mental status of individuals who search the internet for videos like this...........yuck!

10 posted on 04/17/2013 1:10:26 PM PDT by Hot Tabasco (This space for rent)
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To: Tijeras_Slim

The federal goverment approved mites are much larger. 200 pounds or so. Sometimes with suit and tie.


11 posted on 04/17/2013 1:11:03 PM PDT by Hardraade (http://junipersec.wordpress.com (Vendetta))
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To: Hot Tabasco

OK, you’re off my cheese mite pinglist.


12 posted on 04/17/2013 1:11:23 PM PDT by Tijeras_Slim
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To: RetiredTexasVet

Bugs or not it’s delicious, the mites are part of the curing process.


13 posted on 04/17/2013 1:11:54 PM PDT by Teflonic
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To: Teflonic

You can tell your country is officially effed up when common sense has declined to the point where you have less than the French. ;)


14 posted on 04/17/2013 1:15:24 PM PDT by Still Thinking (Freedom is NOT a loophole!)
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To: Teflonic
Wensleydale?
15 posted on 04/17/2013 1:25:36 PM PDT by southernnorthcarolina ("Better be wise by the misfortunes of others than by your own." -- Aesop)
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16 posted on 04/17/2013 1:31:58 PM PDT by DJ MacWoW (My faith and politics cannot be separated)
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To: RetiredTexasVet

Red food coloring such as is used in soft drinks, etc, is made from cochineal beetles. You don’t have to be too sophisticated to drink Big Red soda.


17 posted on 04/17/2013 1:37:35 PM PDT by piasa (Attitude adjustments offered here free of charge)
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To: Teflonic

I wonder if the FDA has figured out that honey is bee barf?


18 posted on 04/17/2013 1:39:43 PM PDT by piasa (Attitude adjustments offered here free of charge)
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To: Teflonic

Common. Who NEEDS cheese?


19 posted on 04/17/2013 1:42:32 PM PDT by varyouga
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To: Teflonic

I like cheese.


20 posted on 04/17/2013 1:45:28 PM PDT by Ramius (Personally, I give us one chance in three. More tea anyone?)
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To: Teflonic

Got to remember that there is a cheese that is based on a blue mold, called blue cheese.


21 posted on 04/17/2013 1:55:30 PM PDT by Biggirl ("Jesus talked to us as individuals"-Jim Vicevich/Thanks JimV!)
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To: Teflonic

Pass it through the digestive tract of a civet cat and charge double.


22 posted on 04/17/2013 2:04:57 PM PDT by x
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To: varyouga

I need cheese (mac and cheese)
You need cheese (cheeseburgers)
We all need cheese! (pizza!)


23 posted on 04/17/2013 2:29:39 PM PDT by Teflonic
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To: Teflonic

Delicious cheese:

http://www.igourmet.com/search/search.asp?keywords=mimolette&search.x=11&search.y=6

Isigny makes a delicious butter, too:

http://www.igourmet.com/shoppe/Isigny-Butter-with-Coarse-Rock-Salt.asp?cat=&subcat=&cf=usp_ListSpecifiedProducts_Sel&cprod=9543,3442,9622,1192,A145,3337,005,850,2562,1923,3730,4799,9459,1961,7135,8873,5754,7271,4484,1268,9460,903,872,9544,2065,9621,1631,539,1921,9431


24 posted on 04/17/2013 3:57:13 PM PDT by carriage_hill (The most insidious power the news media has, is the power to ignore.)
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To: Teflonic

Oh well, at least the cheese shops will be very clean.


25 posted on 04/17/2013 3:59:07 PM PDT by freedomlover
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To: Teflonic

26 posted on 04/17/2013 4:00:46 PM PDT by Revolting cat! (Bad things are wrong! Ice cream is delicious!)
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To: Teflonic
What does the Grand Jury have to say about it?


27 posted on 04/17/2013 4:02:22 PM PDT by Revolting cat! (Bad things are wrong! Ice cream is delicious!)
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