My poor, non-French people,
It’s a tragedy, here in les Etats-Unis.
The very serious Agence France Presse, the oldest news agency in the world, sent a wire about it.
Le Parisien, Le Figaro, Ouest France, all very serious newspapers, wrote stories…
Even TF1, the main French network (for which I used to be a reporter when I was in France) shares the big news on its website.
The mimolette can’t be bought in the US anymore.
Yes, you read me well.
La mimolette, la boule de Lille, this great, round, orange cheese made in the North of France, is not welcome anymore in this great big land of liberty.
According to its main importer in the US, Isigny Sainte Mère, 500 kilos of mimolette are beign held by the FDA in New Jersey . Mimolette has been imported for ages in the US, but apparently the FDA doesn’t like the way the cheese is made: the use of cheese mites to age this cow milk cheese would be the problem.
Now what seems strange is that there wasn’t any problem before.
2 tons of mimolette have been imported in the US last year, and the cheese has been made and eaten for centuries without causing any more damages than a few pounds more on the scale for those who love it too much…
My poor, non French-people, what can I tell you.
I’m sad to hear about that kind of news.
Of course I’m a partisan of good health, and the first to protest against dangers in what we can eat, and be sold.
What’s a life without mimolette?
I’m not saying it’s a life essential, bien sûr, there are many more important causes worth the fight. Or, as we French say “on va pas en faire un fromage”! (Let’s not make a big cheese out of it!)
But I still am sad, to think that this great country I’ve been living in for three years now, doesn’t want to open its door anymore to this little French culture specimen.
I’m sad to think that my friends’ kids won’t be able to taste it and “cultivate their palate” as my family doctor used to tell my parents to help us kids do.
And I’m sad to see that I, poor French girl lost in LA, will have less and less Frenchy food to eat at my californian table. After the foie gras, la mimolette! Ca va pas?
This all seems even stranger to me, as the mimolette is for me one of the cheese that looks and tastes like most like American cheeses.
I remember the first time I came “to America”, when I was 15. My friend Emily explained me well how cheese was like here: “you have the white one, and the orange one, and that’s it“.
Well mimolette is part of the orange type of cheese.
Like American Cheese, or many Cheddars you can find in the US, it’s a derivative of the good old Edam that has been the pride of the Netherlands for centuries.
Funny enough, mimolette was actually invented because of another blocade: Louis XIV was banning all imports from the Netherlands, but couldn’t live without its cheese, so he asked that a French version should be made for him.
So anyhow, I don’t know if it will change anything, but I decided to create a facebook page “Save the mimolette“.
Please join us!
And who knows… Some day my kids and your kids will be able to have a big debate over adding American cheese or Mimolette vieille on their organic hormone-free burger.
I don’t know about you, but I would love that!
A bientôt les amis
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