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Russia probes cheese factory after workers photographed bathing in milk

Russia on Friday launched a criminal investigation into breaches of hygiene at a cheese factory after footage of bare-chested workers bathing in vats of milk went viral on the Internet. The Investigative Committee announced it was probing the factory in the Siberian city of Omsk for producing food that could cause harm to health after photographs of grinning workers bathing in foaming milk horrified Russians.

Europe makes a stink about cheese names, seeks to prevent use outside of EU

WASHINGTON - Errico Auricchio produced cheese with his family in Italy until he brought his trade to the United States more than 30 years ago. Now, the European Union is saying his cheese isn't authentic enough to carry a European name. As part of trade talks, the EU wants to ban the use of names like Parmesan, feta and Gorgonzola on cheese made in the United States. The argument is that the American-made cheeses are shadows of the original European varieties and cut into sales and identity of the European cheeses.

Delaware company recalls 16 cheese varieties after death, illnesses in newborns

WASHINGTON - A Delaware company has recalled 16 varieties of cheese after some of the cheeses were linked to a death in California and illnesses in newborns. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says the cheeses produced by Roos Foods of Kenton, Del., are linked to a listeria outbreak. The recalled products are the company's Mexicana, Amigo, Santa Rosa De Lima and Anita brands.

Gay Lea Foods signs deal to buy Ontario cheesemaker Salerno Dairy

TORONTO - Gay Lea Foods Co-operative Ltd, said Monday it has signed a deal to buy Salerno Dairy, a family-owned company that makes Italian cheese. Financial terms of the deal for the Ontario-based company, which also imports products from Italy, were not immediately available. Salerno has its main plant in Hamilton, as well as a warehouse and distribution centre in Montreal and a manufacturing plant in Hannon, Ont. The company's brands include Salerno and Gos and Gris. It employs a total of 185 people,

Award-winning Ontario cheese maker says Europe trade deal may reap rewards

LANCASTER, Ont. - As they've crossed the country for the past two weeks plugging the Canada-Europe free trade pact, Conservative cabinet ministers have posed with an Ontario tool maker, a Saskatchewan grocer and a British Columbia cattleman, to name a few. But they can't quite land Margaret Peters. Not yet, anyway. "Most people are still apprehensive about what the outcome could be," said Peters, an award-winning artisan cheese maker from just outside Lancaster, Ont., an hour's drive southeast of Ottawa.

Saskatchewan man latest to fall ill from E. coli tainted cheese from B.C.

REGINA - Health officials in Saskatchewan say they've identified an E. coli case linked to contaminated raw cheese products produced in British Columbian. There are few details, but the province says the case involves a man from northwest Saskatchewan. The case is connected to contaminated cheese produced at Gort's Gouda Cheese, a small artisan cheese farm in Salmon Arm, B.C. The Canadian Food Inspection Agency has recalled 14 raw milk cheese products sold online, at the farm and elsewhere in B.C. and Alberta between May 27 to Sept. 14.

B.C. cheese farm owner distraught over E. coli death linked to raw milk product

KAMLOOPS, B.C. - The co-owner of a small artisan cheese farm tearfully apologized Thursday for contamination that has been linked to the death of one customer and the illnesses of 11 others. Kathy Wikkerink said the family business is desperately trying to figure out how E. coli contaminated raw cheese produced at Gort's Gouda Cheese farm in Salmon Arm, B.C. "We are so sorry and we are trying to get to the source of the E. coli, but we don't know the source and we don't know what happened," Wikkerink said, sobbing.

US cheese lovers battle to save mite-ridden mimolette

In the Washington suburb of Arlington, cheese shop owner Jill Erber is leading an almost desperate crusade to convince US authorities not to ban one of her products over a tiny thing like mites. The sign behind the counter at Cheesetique, Erber's store and wine bar where more than 200 kinds of cheese are on offer, says it all: "Save the mimolette." In just a few weeks, "we probably won't be able to get mimolette from our distributors any longer," Erber told AFP.

Modern day 'monk' keeps Benedictine Parmesan recipe alive

Antonio Malpeli gazes proudly at the towering rounds of Parmesan in his small factory and declares one thing sure: the medieval monk recipe used to make this Italian delicacy will never change. Malpeli, who boasts arms worthy of a boxer after three decades of stirring immense vats of frothing milk, wears modern rubber overalls and boots but describes himself as a 'descendent' of the Benedictine monks behind the cheese. "The monks discovered the cheese while looking for a way to conserve milk. The method was then passed down through the centuries," the 47-year-old said.

Europe cheese firms hope time is ripe for China

China has already become Bordeaux's largest export client after a recent wine boom -- now European cheese producers are hoping Chinese consumers will indulge in a slice of fromage with their glass of red. Leading cheese makers from Europe gathered in Hong Kong from Thursday for the city's International Cheese Festival, with 120 high-quality products on show and masterclasses from experts, including how to match cheese and wine.
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