More on food nannies and the fate of Mimolette
“The Food and Drug Administration is getting sharp about a certain cheese. The agency is upset that fearless cheeseheads are nibbling a fancy French import known as Mimolette. The food nannies are determined to stop them.
Mimolette is a bright orange cheese first made when Louis XIV insisted that France needed a domestic cheese (and long before Charles de Gaulle famously asked “how can you govern a country which has 246 varieties of cheese?”). Mimolette has a crust with holes, made as microscopic mites burrow through, allowing the cheese within to breathe. The tiny creatures give the cheese a distinct sharp flavor. Most of them are swept off the rind before sale, but a few linger unseen. This cheese may not be to everyone’s taste, but for cheese lovers, Mimolette is a treasured delicacy, imported into the United States for decades. No one has died, got sick or even fainted. (Besides, the French eat snails and slugs, yet survive.)”