Raw Milk Legislation in Brazil

As reported by Slowfood.com, raw milk cheese making received a major boost in the Brazilian state of Santa Catarina last month with the approval of a proposed law that “would allow for the production and sale of raw milk cheese and thus legalize the activities of the raw milk cheese producers already present in the State.” According to the article, 90% of artisan cheese producers “have ceased production” in the past ten years. With any luck, the new legislation will right that wrong.

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Black Market Cheesemaking

The indelible Cato Institute ran its own analysis of a fascinating Atlas Obscura blog post examining the historical role of black markets in preserving Spanish cheesemaking. They’re both great reads, and, worse, disquietingly relevant in light of recent trends and the ever-expanding number of rules and regulations in the dairy industry. Give them a read.

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New Jersey Raw Milk Crackdown

The good folks at Food Safety News have highlighted recent efforts by the New Jersey Public Health and Food Protection Program to clamp down on the sale and distribution of raw milk in the state. This includes the issuance of cease and desist orders against “at least eight families”, including local food clubs that distribute raw milk from Pennsylvania to New Jersey residents for personal use. Despite sharing a name with a dairy cow, Jersey is one of “seven states to prohibit the sale of raw milk in any form.”

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Artisan Cheese in an Administrative World

As far as federal agencies go, the FDA is old at 102 years. But cheese is older. About 10,000 years older.  So it should come as no surprise that the agency’s overzealous efforts to regulate the ancient pastoral art of cheese-making have been met with skepticism from artisan producers and purchasers alike.  Yet as Time magazine reports in an excellent feature, the “FDA  is Coming Around to the Idea That Cheese, Microbes, and Mold Can Work Just Fine.” And that is good news indeed.

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Ultrafiltered Milk & FDA Labeling

The National Law Review published a very helpful overview of FDA’s recent guidance letter announcing “that FDA will exercise enforcement discretion regarding the use and labeling of fluid ultrafiltered milk and fluid ultrafiltered nonfat milk to make certain cheeses and related cheese products.”

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EU Court Rules on Dairy-Style Names

The BBC is reporting that the European Court of Justice has ruled that “[p]lant-based foods cannot be sold in the European Union using terms such as milk, butter and cheese.” In so ruling, the Court rejected efforts by German food company TofuTown from selling their products with names like “Soyatoo Tofu Butter” and Veggie Cheese.”

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