1 in 5 cheeses in Germany positive for Brucella; 9 vendors sold more than half of contaminated samples 

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One in five cheeses sampled in Germany were found to be positive for Brucella, according to a study.

Brucella was detected in 41 of 200 samples from endemic countries sold at weekly markets, in supermarkets, and by delis in Berlin, as well as 15 prepacked cheese samples bought online via eBay.

Cheese made from pasteurized sheep’s milk and sold unlabeled or loose by market vendors was the most frequent type associated with the presence of Brucella DNA. Cheese samples included loose, non-labelled and pre-packed; labelled samples of brine, cream, soft, semi-hard and hard cheeses; and cheese made from bovine, ovine and caprine milk.

Researchers determined nine vendors sold more than 50 percent of the Brucella positive cheese samples, including seven at weekly markets and two supermarkets.[ . . . ]

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The enduring rumors are true: France is good at cheese. Studying abroad there in college was a semester-long all-you-can-eat buffet, and not just in Paris, either. The Franche-Comté region (where I stayed, on the Swiss border) is home to the medieval city of Besançon, whose university has been thriving since the 15th century. More importantly, it’s home to a hard regional cheese simply called Comté. Continue reading “In celebration of Trader Joe’s totally legit Comté cheese”

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Nina White, a dancer and the co-founder of Bobolink Dairy & Bakehouse in Milford, New Jersey, looked quite chic last June, in her petite robe noire as she waited nervously for the results of the first annual Farm Cheese Awards in Lyon, France. After all, Lyon had been dubbed the world capital of gastronomy back in 1935, and cheese is such an integral part of the French identity that Charles de Gaulle joked in 1962, “How can one govern a country that boasts 258 different cheeses?” [ . . . ]

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