View Full Version : Foodies beware: The FDA is coming for your French cheese

09-08-2014, 01:47 PM
Washington (CNN) -- America's food police are patrolling and arresting suspicious French dairy products, which are either delicious cheese or a bacteria-laden menace. You decide.

The Los Angeles Times reports that Food and Drug Administration rules could effectively ban age-old recipes for cheeses like Roquefort, St. Nectaire, Morbier and Tomme de Savoie.

According to Washington's Righteous Cheese shop manager, Peter McNamara, imported soft cheeses of all kinds are especially hard to come by. "There's a lot of confusion (over the rules) ... getting hold of any soft cheese is really a pain," McNamara said.

The FDA says it is not aware of a cheese shortage. The food safety agency's concern is with the cheeses' two main ingredients: raw milk and bacteria. Too bad for foodies, the FDA doesn't care that bacteria makes cheese.
Since bacteria like E. coli and listeria kill people, all bacteria must be bad, right?
Well, the problem is our bodies are teeming with bacteria, even the dreaded E. coli, according to the World Health Organization.