Wis. Act created to formally define ‘natural cheese’

The legislation would create a formal definition of “natural cheese.”
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Updated: Jun. 11, 2021 at 8:52 PM CDT
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LA CROSSE, Wis. (WMTV) - The Codifying Useful Regulatory Definitions (CURD) Act, a bipartisan legislation designed to protect cheese quality in Wisconsin, was introduced Friday by legislators.

According to a release from Representative Ron Kind, the legislation would create a formal definition of “natural cheese” in order to keep consumers informed on the quality of cheese they are purchasing.

Rep. Kind introduced the act, stating that “We need to ensure customers have the information they need to keep purchasing the quality Wisconsin cheese families have enjoyed for generations. Especially during June Dairy Month, I’m glad to introduce legislation to address this issue and make sure Wisconsin cheese can continue to be labeled as “natural cheese.”

The term “natural cheese” is used in the dairy processing industry to differentiate cheese made with fresh milk and dairy ingredients, the release said.

Some examples of natural cheeses are:

  • Cheddar cheese
  • Swiss cheese
  • Feta cheese
  • Cream cheese
  • Havarti cheese
  • Parmesan cheese
  • Gruyere cheese
  • String cheese

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