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Mimolette on Lockdown in US

Melanie Wong Apr 15, 2013 07:38 AM

"American fans of the famed French cheese Mimolette are mite-y pissed off that Federal Drug Administration (FDA) has temporarily banned the favorite cheese of Charles de Gaulle. "


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    HillJ RE: Melanie Wong Apr 15, 2013 09:19 AM

    the hard stuff now languishes in a cheese jail in New Jersey.

    what's with New Jersey and cheese news? First the state nabs the cheese thieves you posted about and now they're locking up French cheese?

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      Veggo RE: HillJ Apr 15, 2013 09:38 AM

      I suspect Chris Christie will eat it all.

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        Delucacheesemonger RE: Veggo Apr 19, 2013 12:14 PM


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        jpr54_1 RE: HillJ Apr 17, 2013 07:02 AM

        I found the cheese in Whole Foods-Adventura
        which one of the cheese is in NJ?

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          HillJ RE: jpr54_1 Apr 17, 2013 08:27 AM

          jpr, I find the whole thing silly. The Facebook page is having a good laugh.

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            jpr54_1 RE: HillJ Apr 17, 2013 08:37 AM

            ru saying that is a joke ala bananas?

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              HillJ RE: jpr54_1 Apr 17, 2013 08:42 AM

              I'm saying that what started out as a report of some sort has been tossed around the Net. Now I'm unclear what it all means. Did you have trouble finding the cheese?

              As for banana jokes, no I don't think so. But passionate. The FB page has a poster with one side "legal" and a photo of guns and the other side "illegal" with photos of cheese. Gotta love the passion!

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                HillJ RE: HillJ Apr 17, 2013 08:47 AM



                here's two stories covering the cheese out of NY.

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                  Delucacheesemonger RE: HillJ Apr 19, 2013 12:18 PM

                  If you notice the mimolette in the Parisbymouth article is 24-30 month, unlike the one shown in the demo article from Yahoo which appears to be an 18-20 month product. The mites are either only used or only show their effect on very long aged product.
                  Eat your heart out America, l had a grilled mimolette sandwich for lunch today from a very mite-y one.

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                    HillJ RE: Delucacheesemonger Apr 19, 2013 01:14 PM

                    oh I noticed alright!

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                  jpr54_1 RE: HillJ Apr 17, 2013 09:08 AM

                  I didn't have difficulty finding the cheese-

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                    jpr54_1 RE: jpr54_1 May 27, 2013 08:23 AM

                    I found it in Florida Adventura Whole Foods.
                    and this last week in Fairway Paramus, N.J.

                    they both tasted good
                    buttery and nutty tastes
                    hard rind-no black wax

        2. pikawicca RE: Melanie Wong Apr 16, 2013 01:48 PM

          I was able to get some from Murray's on Saturday, so it hasn't completely disappeared. (Aged 22 months, it's nice and caramelly, and pleasantly firm.)

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            Ruth Lafler RE: pikawicca Apr 16, 2013 04:27 PM

            "Pleasantly firm" -- you mean you didn't need a hacksaw to cut into it?

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              pikawicca RE: Ruth Lafler Apr 16, 2013 06:47 PM

              Did not require a hacksaw. The texture was similar to an aged Gruyere.

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                pikawicca RE: Ruth Lafler Apr 16, 2013 06:49 PM

                Online, of course. Had to pay a ridiculous shipping fee, but the cheese has been enjoyed by about 20 of our neighbors.

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                c oliver RE: pikawicca Apr 16, 2013 06:41 PM

                Are you in NYC, do they have branches or mail order? Famed CH MMRuth gave us a downtown foodie walking tour that included Murrays. What a place!

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                mimolette RE: Melanie Wong Apr 16, 2013 06:54 PM

                umm, I am still here.

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                  HillJ RE: mimolette Apr 16, 2013 06:57 PM


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                    FermUp RE: mimolette Apr 17, 2013 12:17 PM

                    LOL — I haven't used that acronym in online forums for many, many years, but this comment deserved it!

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                      Delucacheesemonger RE: mimolette Apr 19, 2013 12:19 PM

                      How have the mites affected you ?

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                        mimolette RE: Delucacheesemonger May 3, 2013 08:41 PM

                        in mysterious, disturbing, unique, and delicious ways. However, it is definitely not the best for my skin.

                    2. law_doc89 RE: Melanie Wong Apr 16, 2013 06:59 PM

                      Check this out for more of the story:



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                        jpr54_1 RE: law_doc89 Apr 17, 2013 12:26 PM

                        this link is strange

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                          law_doc89 RE: jpr54_1 Apr 17, 2013 01:15 PM

                          This link is a joke!

                      2. FermUp RE: Melanie Wong Apr 17, 2013 12:15 PM

                        Here's the latest that I have found so far: http://www.dairyreporter.com/Regulati...

                        According to the FDA, there is no ban on mimolette and they will neither confirm nor deny that there is actually cheese in holding.

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                          law_doc89 RE: FermUp Apr 17, 2013 01:16 PM

                          Perhaps it is in a basement with duct tape on its lips and wrists?

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                            FermUp RE: law_doc89 Apr 17, 2013 01:44 PM

                            Maybe something like this?

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                              law_doc89 RE: FermUp Apr 17, 2013 01:48 PM

                              That's it! But now it's off the Area 51 for you.

                        2. law_doc89 RE: Melanie Wong Apr 17, 2013 01:20 PM

                          BTW, I have had good results from fromages.com in France. Can get stuff within 48 hours,

                          1. jpr54_1 RE: Melanie Wong May 11, 2013 05:41 AM

                            program on npr this morning


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                              law_doc89 RE: jpr54_1 May 11, 2013 07:40 AM

                              It just boggles the mind that we are becoming so weak in the USA. Anything and everything outside of narrow boundaries of taste just gets snuffed out. The cheese is different than cheddar or gouda precisely because of the mites. The officious will reduce us all to velveda, in mind, body, and spirit.

                              Some remote possibility that a person allergic to the mites will come into contact with the cheese, indeed!

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                                grayelf RE: law_doc89 May 19, 2013 10:11 AM

                                Not just the USA -- I gave up on mimolette in Canada when they started covering it with hideous black wax, ostensibly because of the mites. Blech.

                            2. Delucacheesemonger RE: Melanie Wong May 31, 2013 06:34 AM

                              Any resolution yet ?

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                                Melanie Wong RE: Delucacheesemonger Jun 28, 2013 02:32 PM

                                If you can believe Wednesday's editorial in the Washington Times, no.

                                " Imports of Mimolette have been held since March in American customs warehouses because an FDA guideline insists there can be no more than six mites sharing the same square inch of cheese. When a seventh mite moves in, there goes the neighborhood. Tons of cheese are rotting."

                                Editorial: Free the Cheese Mites

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                                  Delucacheesemonger RE: Melanie Wong Jun 29, 2013 12:48 PM

                                  Must still be some around. Was on the menu at Bouley this week. I asked how old and cheese guy there said very 'mitey'

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                                    INDIANRIVERFL RE: Delucacheesemonger Jun 29, 2013 12:53 PM

                                    Believe it or not, Downtown Produce in West Melbourne, has plenty of it. With no wax.

                                    Found it while vainly searching for gorgonzola. Go figure.

                              2. Delucacheesemonger RE: Melanie Wong Dec 22, 2013 02:52 PM

                                In the New Yorker of December 9, 2013 it was stated the idiots at the FDA destroyed the Mimolette they have been holding for 9 months.
                                Totally amazing how uninformed and stupid some bureaucrats can be.

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                                  Veggo RE: Delucacheesemonger Dec 23, 2013 04:50 AM

                                  May they be condemned to a life with only Velveeta and individually wrapped Kraft slices!
                                  I have a nice thick wedge of miteless Mimolette ready for Christmas, from Mortons in Sarasota.

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