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China Takes Hard Line On Soft Cheese
Camembert crackdown! China bans most soft cheese imports (CCSS Level: Grade 9, Words: 375)
Sep 11, 2017 Culture & Entertainment
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Cheese lovers in China had better start stuffing their faces with as much brie, blue cheese, and other ripe cheeses as possible, as suppliers in China are no longer able to import a range of famous French cheeses, according to companies involved in the industry.

"The entire Chinese market for soft cheeses is now closed," said William Fingleton, a spokesman for the Delegation of the European Union to China. Apparently in place since late July this year, news of the ban only started making its rounds on social media this week.

"This effectively means that China is banning famous and traditional European cheeses that have been safely imported and consumed in China for decades. These is no good reason for the ban, because China considers the same cheese safe if produced in China," said Fingleton.

According to an August 28 letter sent by Western food distributor Sinodis to its customers, Chinese authorities said cheese products containing certain moulds cannot be imported into the country temporarily. Separately, online cheese seller Cheese Republic announced in a WeChat post on September 7 that China is banning cheese with "too much bacteria, " and the rules are "national and impact all cheese resellers." Sinodis has stopped importing these cheeses since August 23 (see below for what they can't sell anymore,) and Cheese Republic said they'll stop selling them next week.

While the news has exasperated many in China's expat community, mould-ripened cheese makes up a tiny fraction of the dairy products imported to China. Separate figures for these kinds of cheeses don't exist, unlike milk powder, of which the mainland brought in 965,000 tons last year. Chinese media has also given the news a collective shrug at the time of this story's publication, with no news reports on it and not a mention on Weibo.

"So we can sell only the stock which was imported before the ban took effect," said Vincent Marion, CEO of Shanghai-based Cheese Republic.

Meanwhile, as stocks of high-end soft French cheese run down (together with the Italian gorgonzola, which also made China's black list), mozzarella is still available, together with hard French cheeses like comté, beaufort, and gruyère, and Spanish cheeses like manchego. For those desirous of something mouldy, there's always "Chinese cheese."

Temporarily banned:

  • Brie
  • Camembert
  • Chevre Sainte Maure
  • Epoisse
  • Fourme d'Ambert
  • Livarot
  • Perail Papillon
  • Roquefort
  • Saint Nectaire
  • Soumaintrain
  • Vieux Pané
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