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The rise of the food dictators

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mimolette cheese

Recently the U.S food and drink administration have banned the import of mimolette cheese, a french cheese laden with tiny mites has been declared unfit for human consumption, this is my response.

First of all I shall start by saying in a typical nonchalant and uppetty English way, how bloody dare you, how dare you tell the average cheese loving American what he or she can or cannot eat, and how dare you even try to justify it.

I should probably also explain to those that don't know, mimolette or 'boule de lille' as it's also known by is a cheese made in the French town of lille. The cheese was originally requested by Louis XIV and has a distinct orange curd not too dissimilar in colour to my own county's 'red leicester' cheese. But what makes this cheese pretty unique is the grey crust that's formed by tiny cheese mites that are introduced to develop flavour and texture - something the bureaucratic homogenized, emotionally sterile cupcake and 'wine at weekends only' brigade clearly have no clue about. Never mind the fact they have single-handedly removed something revered and respected amongst all foodie's, a cheese that has been around since the 18th century, but also depriving a nation of something that is called choice.

If only I could stop there, if only I could say OK fair enough they banned some cheese, they told you not to eat it 'hey so what', but I can't let it stop there because why on earth would a government organisation ban the importation of an artisan cheese yet allow the salt and fat ridden fast food joint's continue. I know for sure hand on heart that given the choice of either, I would take the well aged cheese and some nice bread without question, not just because it's what I prefer but more importantly because it's my choice.

I would love to hear that small pockets of 'mimolette rebels' had started producing this cheese in there own backyards, like a cottage industry echoing the prohibition laws that removed the right to drink all those years ago.

I think what I'm trying to say is don't let some suited governmental bureaucrat ever ever tell you what to eat or drink. I know if Mr. Cameron tried to take away our beloved stilton cheese - declaring it 'too mouldy', I for one would be standing pitch forked and frowning in disgust at the big shiny black door that is no.10. I shall finish of course with a message, a message to all cheese loving American's that appreciate all the good things in life. Vive la mimolette!

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I am a foodie, a haphazard culinary procrastinator, wild with enthusiasm for all things gastronomy, bereft of any self control. A cook, giver of recipes, absorber of knowledge. Always hungry.
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By Coach Phatty on July 24, 2013 at 10:04 pm

This article was intriguing to me and you raised some good points. Personally, I am sick and tired of the governemnt telling us what we can eat or not eat...or...we can't do this or that ....or say this or that. I work in a private school that has an excellent lunch menu. We have fresh food every day and is cooked and prepared by a great chef and staff....but EVERYTHING is regulated!!!...even down to the kind s of milk that we have! Rise of the food dictators?? Absolutely!

By the way, keep up the good work!! :)

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By riginal on July 25, 2013 at 01:07 am

agree totally with Coach. What food value has coke? Except to clean up tarnished coins? Hopefully outside the body. A boon for dentists. You stick to your cheese and what the hell ever you like. Australian farmers forced to junk thousands of tons of food because of imports. Citrus growers forced to their knees. Even our underwear gone overseas. Not that i eat it that much these days used to be so edible! Seriously,when is the last time you saw a healthy looking government official? Cheese man...ummm cheers. Nice post, actually when is the last time you SAW a government official?

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By thebritishmenu on July 26, 2013 at 12:58 pm

Thank you both. I think it's really sad that someone with a white coat and a clipboard can determine what is good for us in terms of food. Admittedly if they banned something that would actually save our lives then yes, but an artisan cheese that's been enjoyed for hundreds of years? On your bike I say!

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