In the 1990s, the city of Newton, Massachusetts tried to ban the curing of salamis in the window despite centuries of tradition. About the same time, the state of New Jersey tried to ban runny yolks despite the fact that millions of runny yolks get eaten every day. And now the FDA tries to curb another culinary practice that dates back probably to Roman times. Still don’t think there’s too much meddling?
Metz said the use of the shelves did not conform to good manufacturing practices that require that "all plant equipment and utensils shall be so designed and of such material and workmanship as to be adequately cleanable, and shall be properly maintained."
Her comments caused a furor in the artisanal cheese-making community, where rumors flew that the FDA was poised to ban the practice.