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What Makes Cheese Organic?


Organic Valley cream cheeses
Q
What does a cheesemaker need to do to call his cheeses “organic”?
A
To produce a cheese labeled “organic” according to the United States Department of Agriculture, a cheesemaker must use certified organic ingredients (milk, rennet, animal feed) throughout the make process. At Liberty Heights Fresh, we look for products that have been certified organic by a third party or agency (such as California Certified Organic Farmers, Oregon Tilth, or Demeter USA) with standards that exceed the USDA definition of organic.

Cheesemonger Steven Rosenberg

Steven Rosenberg is the founder and owner of Salt Lake City specialty foods store Liberty Heights Fresh, which stocks authentic, traditional, and organic products and boasts one of the country’s best cheese counters.