Halloumi Drama: In Cyprus, New Cheese Edict Gets the Goat of Dairy Farmers
Halloumi is gaining popularity across the globe, but new governmental restrictions have upset some traditional cheesemakers. The Cypriot government declared halloumi should contain at least 51% sheep and goat milk, but cattle farmers and large Halloumi producers often make the cheese with nearly 90% cow's milk.
The halloumi war pits the island's 260 cattle farmers against its 3,500 shepherds and goat herders. Cheesemakers, meanwhile, are grating against rules they say will curb exports.