Can I Bring Cheese Home from Abroad?
I’m asked this question all the time by friends and readers. According to US Customs and Border Protection (CPB), you can bring cheese home as long as it’s “solid cheese (hard or semi-soft, that does not contain meat); butter, butter oil and cultured milk products such as yogurt and sour cream are not restricted. Feta cheese, Brie, Camembert, cheese in brine, Mozzarella, and Buffalo Mozzarella are permissible (USDA Animal Product Manual, Table 3-14-6). Cheese in liquid (such as cottage cheese or ricotta cheese) and cheese that pours like heavy cream are not admissible from countries affected by foot-and-mouth disease (FMD). Cheese containing meat is not admissible depending on the country of origin.” Just don’t forget to declare your cheese at the airport!
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