UK cheese exporters are thrilled with the Chinese government’s announcement that it is lifting a ban on the import of soft cheeses. In July, China banned the import of brie, camembert, Roquefort, goat cheese and blue cheese due to mold and bacteria issues. Following a series of meetings between EU and Chinese officials, the ban was lifted last week. “Cheese is a fairly unknown product in China, so they are wary of dairy cultures and if they are in any doubt about food safety, they stop it rather than take a risk. It’s a very difficult market, but there is a growing demand for high-quality cheeses,” states Somerdale International Director Stephen Jones.