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Chinese Cheese Lovers Raise a Stink as Authorities Ban Import of French Cheeses

Lovers of French Cheese in China are in despair as food hygiene authorities have blocked the import of some of their favorite cheeses in the country

AFP Relaxnews

Updated:September 12, 2017, 9:45 AM IST
Chinese Cheese Lovers Raise a Stink as Authorities Ban Import of French Cheeses
The import of French cheeses into China has been blocked by authorities (Image courtesy: AFP Relaxnews)
Fans of French cheeses in China have received news they may find hard to digest: the country's food hygiene authorities have turned their noses up at some people's favorite fare, blocking imports of Camembert, Brie and Roquefort.

"We haven't been able to get our orders through customs for three weeks," Vincent Marion, co-founder of Cheese Republic, one of China's leading online cheesemongers, told AFP. "Our suppliers say food hygiene authorities have tightened their rules," he said.

One major supplier identified soft cheeses including Camembert and Brie as well as goats cheese and blue varieties such as Roquefort as being among those in for the chop. Axel Moreaux, manager at French restaurant Paradox in Beijing, said the measures had destroyed months of hard work on a new menu, adding, "It was all going so well and then in a single blow a lot of work and ideas have been ruined. We've got one Camembert in stock. We've put it in the freezer as a souvenir."
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