Cheese makers in New York were cited – despite state laws that allow the use of wood boards?
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The Federal Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced Friday that it will not allow cheese makers use wooden boards to age their cheese – a ruling that would effectively wipe out artisanal cheeses.

The FDA’s ruling came to light after several cheese makers in New York were cited – despite state laws that allow the use of wood boards.

“Reports showed that the porous structure of wood made it susceptible to the colonization of bacteria on the surface and inside the wood,” Monica Metz, the branch chief for the FDA’s Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition’s Dairy and Egg Branch, wrote in her analysis to the New York Department of Agriculture & Markets’ Division of Milk Control and Dairy Services.