Studd honoured

November 2009

Speaking of cheese and raw milk, the man who fought to ease import restrictions on Roquefort and won was recently awarded the distinguished title officier of L’Ordre du Merité Agricole, the first Australian to be so honoured. The French government gave the award to Will Studd, one of only 5000 awards since their inception in 1883, for his services and support of lait cru cheese.

 “France was the first country in Europe to recognise that many wonderful traditional cheeses made from raw milk were under threat and encouraged regulations to ensure their future was protected.   In contrast, Australian food authorities have banned the local production and sale of most raw milk cheeses since 1996.  Australian consumers are denied a choice and the law ensures local cheese makers can never develop a credible cheese tradition.  This is unjust and I am very honoured that the French government have endorsed the campaign for change,” Will said.

Congratulations, Will.

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