SWITZERLAND/USA: Swiss cheese makers angered by holey guidelines
A notice given today in the US risks causing a rather unholy war. Swiss cheese makers have been angered by the moves by the US authorities to fill in the holes in Emmentaler cheese. The Swiss daily newspaper Blick was particularly offended: "Blasphemy!" it called. According to the new rules, the holes present in Emmentaler cheese must now measure between 0.95cm and 2.06cm, causing much consternation among the Swiss traditionalists who maintain that the holes can and do actually measure up to 4cm across.
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