Morsel 1 (Say Cheese!) May 12, 2009

Filed under: Tip of the Day — sotsil @ 6:43 pm

Like their wine, France has a governing body for cheese.  It’s called the Appellation d’Origine Contrôlée (AOC).  This system ensures that cheese makers follow the country’s manufacturing standards.  These standards or rules cover:

  1. the specific area where the cattle may graze
  2. time when the cheese was made (season needs to be specified)
  3. what was fed to the cattle (origin and type of feed)
  4. cattle breed from which the milk is sourced
  5. method of making the cheese
  6. storage conditions of the cheese, and
  7. shape and size of the cheese

The AOC sees to it that the quality of French cheese is preserved at all times so that consumers are assured that the raw milk cheeses they buy are safe to eat.


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