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    Camembert producers are cheesed off about proposals for new labelling, it makes you wonder if you can believe anything on food labels!

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    would imagine A. A Gill would have had a field day writing about that.

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    ‘Twas an item on the news tonight. The European label – Protected Designation of Origin (PDO) – is known in France as the AOP – Appellation d’Origine Protègée, but, at the moment, products with an AOP label made with lait cru can’t be exported to the USA. As products made with lait pasturisé can be exported, I think there might have been some serious lobbying going on behind the scenes to get the AOP label accepted for commercial Camembert producers.

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    In English please VK 😂🤣🤪

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    So does that mean VK that they’re changing the milk they use in order to change the label, thereby changing the method of making the Camembert, or that they are just changing the label to suit? Either way, I guess it’s angering the producers.

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    I couldn’t watch the video without downloading some app or something, didn’t want to chance cocking something up! I’m guessing the change may undermine ( for want of a better word) the quality control of the smaller producers? :unsure:

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    Here’s some of the text tigre

    There’s a whiff of trouble ahead in France over the way the Camembert cheese is labelled.

    Angry producers are preparing to post the cheese into every French MPs letterbox – to denounce what they say is a threat to the country’s cultural heritage.

    The operation is a protest against plans to allow factory-made Camembert to use the European label – Protected Designation of Origin (PDO). This is usually reserved for foods produced in the traditional way in the region where they were developed.

    At present, only unpasteurised Camembert made with raw milk can use the label.

    Veronique Richez-Lerouge, president of the Association of Terroir Cheese told us why she’s cheesed off.

    She says in the video that there are only 5 independent makers in the DPO which include only 2 farmers, she thinks it’s the end of Camembert and all DPO in France. she said DPO ensures quality. Lots more said but that’s the gist of it.

     

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    Effectively it means that both those who use lait cru (raw milk), as well as those who use pasteurised milk, can stick the AOP label on their camembert, with the added bonus for the latter that they can export it to the States. Small producers in France will suffer because the AOP label on the commercially produced and therefore cheaper camembert in the large shops will price them out, though the taste difference will still retain those who can afford to pay more.

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    So do you think this has been instigated by the French government, or, the EU lot?

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    Thanks VK, that explains it better.

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