FDA in New Effort Against Raw Milk Cheese

According to a report from the Gourmet Retailer, a trade association, the FDA “will test a new microbiological sampling surveillance model” that “will be analyzed for contamination from salmonella, L. monocytogenes and E. coli O157:H7.”The Gourmet Retailer article says the FDA notified the American Cheese Society of the planned testing during a conference call; however, the ACS on its home page indicates information about the program is available only to ACS members; the Gourmet Retailer appears to have obtained its information from the ACS. For the last four years, the FDA has had its sights trained on raw milk cheese. It used much tougher enforcement action than it normally uses to shut down two raw-milk cheese producers in 2010 based on finding listeria in their cheese or on their premises, but absent any illnesses Morningland Dairy and Estrella Family Creamery. Also in 2010, as I reported in my book, Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Food Rights, the FDA conducted inspections of three-fourths of 130 members of the American Cheese Society, compared with 10% in previous years, the organization reported. Aside from Morningland and Estrella, no others had problems with pathogens in their cheeses or facilities.

via FDA in New Effort Against Raw Milk Cheese.

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