Tiny Mites Spark Big Battle Over Imports Of French Cheese
Heated debate is currently surrounding Mimolette, a French cheese aged with microscopic mites. While the FDA is concerned the mites pose a risk, turophiles are in uproar, arguing on behalf of tradition.
Cheese is absolutely alive," Dutton laughs. And all of that life — the molds, bacteria, yeasts and mites — help make cheese what it is. Dutton says that the mites on Mimolette can contribute flavors of their own (they have a somewhat earthy smell), and by eating into the rind, they can also increase aeration — and the surface area in which the other microbes can do their work.