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Apr 15, 2013 07:38 AM

Mimolette on Lockdown in US

"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. "

Check out the FB page for updates,

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  1. 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?

    11 Replies
    1. re: HillJ

      I suspect Chris Christie will eat it all.

      1. re: HillJ

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

        1. re: jpr54_1

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

          1. re: HillJ

            ru saying that is a joke ala bananas?

            1. re: jpr54_1

              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!

                1. re: HillJ

                  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.

                2. re: HillJ

                  I didn't have difficulty finding the cheese-

                  1. re: jpr54_1

                    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. 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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          1. re: pikawicca

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

            1. re: Ruth Lafler

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

              1. re: Ruth Lafler

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

              2. re: pikawicca

                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!

                  1. re: mimolette

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

                      1. re: Delucacheesemonger

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

                      1. Here's the latest that I have found so far:

                        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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                        1. re: FermUp

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

                            1. re: FermUp

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