Raw Milk Herve protected by the Mayor and by the Minister of Agriculture

In defense of Herve and, more generally, of the heritage of all raw milk cheeses, the mayor of Herve, Pierres Yves Jeholet, and the Belgian Minister of Agriculture, Willy Borsus, have intervened.
The town of Herve is committed to supporting the cost of the analyses of José Munnix’s cheese and proposes the creation of a support committee that defines protocols and procedures that enable small producers of raw milk cheeses to work without difficulty. For his part, Willy Borsus announced the creation of a point of reference within the AFSCA (the Belgian local health authority) to follow producers and support them in carrying out analyses of their products.

José Munnix’s dairy opposition against AFSCA fostered a heated and valuable national debate on the application of the hygiene rules. The petition in defense of Herve raw milk cheese collected more than 13,200 signatures in less than 10 days.

Slow Food welcomes the decision of the Mayor of Herve and of Minister Borsus and calls for a wider debate on the application of hygiene rules, in Belgium and throughout Europe, that safeguard artisanal production and, with them, the heritage of cheeses, animal breeds, pastures, shepherds, crafts and ancient knowledge.


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