Armenian cheese banned in USA was found safe in Armenia
YEREVAN, September 24. / ARKA /. Armenia’s State Food Safety Service, an affiliation of the Ministry of Agriculture, said it had certified a batch of Armenian cheese Lori, produced by a Gyumri-based company AMM as safe before it was shipped to USA and banned there for consumption.
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) said the Armenian cheese appeared to have been contaminated. On September 13, the FDA published a list of cheeses imported from 28 countries which a FDA examination found to have microbiological contamination. It said the Armenian Lori cheese contained E.Coli (Typical).
"The entire batch of 1000 kg of the cheese (N69-A), produced 15.05.2013 with a shelf life of 6 months before being exported to USA, the batch was found to be safe and was given a certificate on June 18 based on laboratory examination,” the Armenian agency said.
It said the list of cheese found to be unsafe was published September 13 and therefore the Armenian State Food Safety Service is not responsible for its transportation and storage. The US FDA had banned earlier the import of some Armenian soft drinks and sweets because they contained coloring agents, which are prohibited by U.S. law, but are legal in Armenia. -0-