[UPDATED with FDA Response] First Our Guns, Now Our Cheese: Is the FDA Cracking Down On Using Wood To Age Cheese?
UPDATED June 10, 2014, 3:15 p.m. The FDA responded to our questions. See the update at the end of the post.
Flickr user USDAgov--yes, that's right. The best part about this photo of cheese aging on wood is that it's from the USDA, with a caption about how traditional it is.
Back in 2011, President Obama signed the Food Safety Modernization Act, which aimed to make the government agencies proactive rather than reactive when it came to securing the United States' food supply. There have been many changes in the food production world since then, and the latest may be a direct assault on American artisanal cheese.
According to the Cheese Underground (which would be an outstanding name for a raw dairy cow share), the Food and Drug Administration has taken control of cheese inspection back from the states, and cited a New York dairy for using wooden boards to age their cheeses.More »