Can We Please Stop Demonizing the FDA?
As a contributing editor at culture, a consumer cheese magazine, I meet and interview a lot of cheesemakers, so last year's dairy closures and cheese recalls definitely hit close to home. Literally. I work part-time in a Seattle cheese shop, and by now I'm used to the frequent FDA-bashings from my customers.
Understandably, the closures of Washington State's Estrella Family Creamery and veteran cheesemaker Sally Jackson's facility struck a nerve in the Pacific Northwest, and our clientele are dismayed that they can no longer purchase some of their favorite cheeses. I feel the same way, as well as sadness that these small family operations have been forced to close.