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FDA retreats after uproar over cheese boards

The Food and Drug Administration raised a stink this week when it claimed that the use of wooden boards to age cheese - something that's been done for centuries - was unsanitary.

Mark Reilly, Minneapolis/St. Paul Business Journal , Jun 12, 2014

After howls of protest from artisanal cheese-makers, it's backing off on the claims.

The Wisconsin State Journal reports that the FDA on Wednesday said it would work with artisan cheese producers, who say that wood planks are crucial to making cheeses like English Cheddar, to see if certain types of cheeses can be aged safely.

That followed a storm of protest by cheese farms and politicians after the FDA fined New York cheese makers for using the boards, despite state laws that permit them and without any recalls associated with wooden boards.

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