Cheesed Off

Living in China, Christoph and I generally stay away from consuming too much cheese. We have it occasionally on pizzas and in some salads when we’re out but rarely do we have cheese at home.

Image source: westcountrycheese.co.uk

Image source: westcountrycheese.co.uk

Just yesterday we started to hear word of China’s total ban on imported soft cheeses and now it seems that it wasn’t a rumour. Initially, the authorities were going to ban all cheese imports but it was scaled back to banning soft cheeses only. China has been importing cheese for decades and has, in the past, blocked certain cheeses from entering the country for various infractions. However, once the infractions were corrected, the cheeses were promptly allowed to resume their journeys into the country and onto Chinese supermarket shelves.

This latest ban doesn’t make much sense as the reason is supposedly due to a certain type of bacteria that is found in the rind of brie, camembert and some blue cheeses. The point being that these bacterium have always been there before and without them, brie and camembert wouldn’t be the cheeses that they are... no?

Image source: cheeseonline.co.uk

Image source: cheeseonline.co.uk

It’s now a wait-and-see game as to what the actual situation will be in the months to come. The above image is an homage to a foodstuff that I really do love.