Australia chews lifting Roquefort cheese ban

19th March 2004, Comments 0 comments

SYDNEY, March 19 (AFP) - Australian food authorities said Friday they were considering lifting a long-standing ban on Roquefort cheese after representations from the French government.

 

SYDNEY, March 19 (AFP) - Australian food authorities said Friday they were considering lifting a long-standing ban on Roquefort cheese after representations from the French government.

The distinctive blue cheese is banned under Australia's strict quarantine laws because it is made from raw milk that has not been pasteurised or heat-treated.

Food Standards Australia New Zealand (FSANZ), which oversees which foods are permitted into the country, said it was looking at a French government proposal to bring in Roquefort.

The cheese, derived from sheep milk, is only made in caves near the French town of Roquefort-sur-Soulzon, where it is aged for at least 90 days.Australia rejected an appeal from the French government to allow imports of the cheese in 1997, citing lack of scientific data about the Roquefort manufacturing process.

FSANZ said a new application to lift the ban had been received from the French ministry of agriculture and fisheries on behalf of Roquefort manufacturers.

The application detailed the strict sanitary conditions under which the cheese is made and said the cheese would not affect the local dairy industry.

© AFP

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