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FDA ruling could change cheese aging process

U.S. Food and Drug Administration says wooden boards used to age cheese re unsanitary. The agency cited several New York operations, despite state laws that permit the use of the boards.

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Wooden boards have been an integral part of aging a wide variety of cheeses by producers around the world for more than a century.

But the U.S. Food and Drug Administration now says they are unsanitary after the agency cited several New York operations, despite state laws that permit wooden boards.

The Wisconsin State Journal reports Wisconsin allows cheese operations to use wooden boards if they follow protocol approved by the state Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection.

DATCP spokesman Jim Dick says officials there are still seeking clarification on the FDA ruling before making any statements.

Roelli Cheese Haus in Shullsburg uses wooden boards to age 85 percent of its cheeses. Owner Chris Roelli says the ruling is a potential game-changer for them.



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