Came across an alert about the troubled reputation of feta cheese on HomeboyMedianews . As I have mentioned previously in this blog, reputation issues are now universal.
After many years of negotiations, the European Commission awarded Greece the rights to the feta name. To my surprise, there have been ongoing skirmishes over feta cheese for nearly a decade since I also found this article on the Internet — “Pan-European War for Feta Cheese.”
The reason feta cheese is now in the news is that its quality is being questioned by farmers and industry experts. In case you did not know (I did not), feta cheese should be 70% sheep’s milk and 30% goat’s milk. As noted in the HomeboyMedianews blog, “According to the Agricultural Ministry, there are 8.7 million sheep in Greece and 5.3 million goats.” Sounds to me like Greece has the right proportion of sheep and goats to rightfully claim the title of feta cheese capital of the world. Obviously not that simple or countries would not be fighting over feta cheese.
After some more feta-searching, I learned that Wisconsin was in danger of being dethroned as the cheese capital of the world and handing over rights to the crown to California. Another cheese war.
Reputation is always worth fighting over.