Help! The world is running out of Camembert
And now some disappointing news to ruin your week - apparently our planet is running out of camembert.
Bloomberg reports that, "Only four million of the 360 million wheels produced annually—just a little over 1 percent — are the real deal, and, as small farms are scooped up by the big guys, the number is rapidly dwindling."
First there was fake news, then there was fake cheese!
By "fake" we mean it doesn't have the accredited French Protected Designations of Origin label, which verifies it has used the historically correct process of making the cheese.
To be certified the cheese must be made from the unfiltered raw milk of Normandie cows who have fed on only local grass and hay and the milk must be transported only a few yards. The milk also needs to have a fat content of at least 38%, it is ladled by hand to create a thick, creamy centre. You know, the good bit.
In order to keep up with demand and low prices some cheese makers have asked to use pasteurised milk instead in order to speed things along but were refused by the cheese protecting vanguard that is the French government.
Good news for cheese purists, but you know who to blame when your supermarket starts running out.