The FDA has effectively frozen imports of the French cheese Mimolette because of a feared allergic reaction from “cheese mites.” The mites are typically at worst a minor nuisance and at best a desirable part of the cheesemaking process. Entrepreneur Jill Erber, owner of Cheesetique in Virginia, is no longer able to sell Mimolette. She believes that the import restrictions on Mimolette may not be too bothersome to consumers right now, but the crackdown certainly won’t stop at one variety of cheese.
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