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Cheese and crackers…

27 October 2007

Forget that little bit of smoke and flame out in California, this is the REAL threat (as covered by the hard-hitting, tell-it-like-it-is Central Valley Business Times— Stockton, Ca):


Floribel Hernandez Cuenca, 29, and Manuel Martin Sanchez Garrido, 44, of Montclair, were arrested for selling a variety of unlicensed cheeses to the public. Ms. Cuenca was also arrested on felony cheese making charges.


The 375 pounds of seized illegal cheese included panela, queso fresco and queso oxaca varieties, the CDFA says. It was a significant find, the department says.

“Felony cheese making charges?”  The “spin” being put out by the Caifornia Department of Food and Agriculture is that home-made cheese COULD carry e. coli… so could a lot of things — mostly coming out of industrial food processing plants, not people’s kitchens.

A couple of months ago Homeland Security had a big anti-cheese operation around Laredo and El Paso, and managed to haul in a few Mennonite farmers.

Hell, I ate a lot of panula, queso fresco and queso oaxaca in Mexico.   .   So what if it wasn’t pasturized, cheese is supposed to carry bacterium, and I’ve always recommended eating home-made cheese to people new in a country as a way of avoiding Montezuma’s Revenge.

The sign of a good cheese is that stuff does grow on it… heck, it’s supposed to be a living thing… not that embalmed crapola sold by Montsanto or Kraft or Nestlé and called “Queso Panula” … which I suspect is the REAL danger.  It’s made by people like  Floribel Hernandez Cuenca, and Manuel Martin Sanchez Garrido — who don’t make substantial “corporate donations” to anybody.


One Comment leave one →
  1. sahil simon permalink
    3 November 2007 9:22 am

    did you know how cheese was invented? It wasnt necessity, it was an

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