Agriculture Minister Bridget McKenzie expresses concern about the import of blue cheese from Roquefort
Rumors & # 39; blue cheese & # 39; imports will be banned in Australia, a minister is calling on the Federal Parliament
- Senator Bridget McKenzie rejects suggestions to ban the cheese
- & # 39; It is my pleasure to advise that the rumor is not true, & # 39; she said Monday
- She said the government carried out a routine evaluation of certification
Agriculture Minister, Bridget McKenzie, took away the concerns of Roquefort after the French cheese lovers got a stink.
Senator McKenzie used Question Time on Monday to reject suggestions that her department might consider banning the daring blue.
& # 39; Au contraire, & # 39; she said to parliament.
& # 39; It is my pleasure to advise that the rumor is not true. My department does not want to ban the import of Roquefort, the French king of cheese with blue veins. & # 39;
& # 39; My department does not intend to ban the import of Roquefort, the French king of blue-veined cheese, & # 39 ;, said Senator McKenzie
She said the government only conducted a routine evaluation of certification schemes.
It is the second time that the status of the cheese has been revised since an import ban was lifted in 2008.
Senator McKenzie said that Australia imported 30 tons of Roquefort in 2018 and noted that the assessment was the same as all foreign certification agreements.
& # 39; I am confident that the trade will continue, & # 39; she said.
Senator McKenzie said that Australia imported 30 tons of Roquefort in 2018, and noted that the assessment was the same as all foreign certification agreements
A potential end to the import of Roquefort drew a number of high-profile critics, including the former cabinet minister Christopher Pyne.
But the minister cordially dismissed her former colleague – and self-described fixer – for raising a & # 39; non-issue & # 39 ;.
& # 39; He expresses concern about people consuming the fungus that causes the smelly blue-green stripes in Roqeufort. The fungus in question is actually penicillin, & senator McKenzie said.
& # 39; It is not the mold that poses the food safety risk of Roquefort cheese. It is the raw milk it is made from and untreated raw milk can grow listeria.
& # 39; It manages the risk so that the & # 39; fixer & # 39; can stand. & # 39;
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