Big cheese companies in France tried to claim that their mass-produced pasteurized, machine-made camembert should be given the same official status as camembert that is made by traditional methods. Now, according to some artisan cheese makers, Gros Fromage may be resorting to dirty tricks after the court refused to allow them to put the Apellation d'Origine Contrôlée (AOC) designation on their product.
"In recent weeks, the biggest industrial producer, Lactalis, told authorities that dangerous bacteria was found in a batch of AOC raw milk camembert produced by Reaux."
So perhaps Lactalis did find "dangerous bacteria" in the raw milk cheese. Given how little of the the stuff there is, the average French consumer is far more likely to get sick from putting his fingers in his bouche during his toilette than he will from eating contaminated raw milk cheese. I think that Lactalis' motive for broadcasting that it's tiny rival's cheese was contaminated, was probably designed to make it's product appear "superior" to the public and not deliberately aimed at undermining the Reaux AOC cheese. But it still stinks like Velveeta.
I hope that the French public is smart enough, and proud enough of their cheese making heritage that they don't fall for this crap and let yet another cheese go extinct.
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