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adrouault Jun 19, 2009 01:51 AM

I am returning to the states from Loire valley, and want to know if it is ok if i bring an unpasteurized cheese back from France. Will the officer at JFK have any problem with it?

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  1. hychka RE: adrouault Jun 19, 2009 08:14 AM

    Try reading here
    http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/608964

    Hope this helps.

    1. Delucacheesemonger RE: adrouault Jun 19, 2009 09:38 AM

      Try to make a long story short. You may be greeted at airport by either ATF agents, who care about drugs and liquor or Agriculture people, who care about meat and dairy. There are a zillion ATF agents and very, very few Agri people. l always bring back cheese and have never been questioned. However, if questioned would give it up in a second. Bring back Pouligny-St Pierre, real St Maures with the straw through the center and Selles-sur-Cher. Lots more, but these are some of the easiest to get and wonderful. If see Clacbitou, a little barrel, jump on it, my favorite chevre from France. The issue is under 60 days aging, these are all under 60 days, more than 60 days, quite all right even with Agri people. Small cheese store in Angers that always has 'Pechegos' from the Arriege, should you be fortunate to see this get as well,

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        rswatkins RE: adrouault Jun 19, 2009 10:40 AM

        I bring cheese in at least twice a year, and always declare it. As it's obviously just for personal use, I've never had any problems, even from Agriculture.
        Robert

        1. PBSF RE: adrouault Jun 19, 2009 10:42 AM

          Just to add an comment. Unpasturized cheeses that are aged less than 60 days tends to be very perishable. I would bring back only enough to eat in the coming few days. Much more then that, the cheese will be past its prime and really not worth the effort and cost.

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            tmso RE: adrouault Jun 19, 2009 01:17 PM

            A word of caution, not about entering, but about leaving. Put it in your checked luggage, don't carry it on. On a recent intra-Schengen flight, I tried to bring a few cheeses as gifts. Everything softer than the comté was confiscated as a "semi-liquid" and thrown in the trash.

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              tortoiseshell RE: adrouault Jun 19, 2009 01:42 PM

              Just last month I flew to Dulles from CDG and had bought an assortment of cheeses at the duty free to take to friends. It was a bit fragrant when we landed at Dulles. I declared it and for good measure the customs guy asked me to go to Agriculture. I told the lady we had cheese and she kind of looked at us questioningly (like, why were you sent to me?). She asked if any of it was liquid. We said no and were on our way.

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