China bans European mouldy cheese imports

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Roquefort cheese seen in a cheese store in Paris, France, 16 January 2009. France has denounced the US decision to triple import duties on on Roquefort cheese in retaliation for the European ban on US beef containing hormones.

China bans European mouldy cheese imports


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China has moved to ban the import of approximately fifty European mouldy cheeses, from Italy, France, and the UK, ANSA agency reports

The main cheeses affected are gorgonzola and taleggio (Italy), Camembert and Roquefort (France), and the UK’s Stilton.

According to the Chinese Minister of Commerce, We Jing-chun, the ban is not temporary as China needs to review sanitary parameters set in 2010 in which mould content is very low.

China imports over 50 kinds of European cheese. However, mouldy cheese makes only for a fraction of the €350 million industry, as they are favoured mostly by foreign residents of China.

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