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Tariffs May Make Americans Give U.S. Cheeses Another Look

Source: Laura Reiley, The Washington Post

Cheese is caught in the crossfire.

The European Union claimed the United States has been illegally subsidizing the aircraft manufacturer Boeing. The United States said the EU has been illegally subsidizing Airbus to the detriment of companies like Boeing. The Trump administration-imposed tariffs on about $7.5 billion in European Union goods. And on Oct. 18, they went into effect, prices skyrocketing on things like aircraft products, wine, olive oil and some cheeses.

Cocktail parties, holiday gatherings, gift baskets: November begins the most cheese-intensive part of the year. It is, say many food industry experts, the worst time for an additional 25 percent tariff on products that in many cases are already subject to tariffs. Parmigiano-Reggiano, Romano, Roquefort, manchego, Swiss and cheddar — the lineup of affected cheeses reads like a greatest-hits list, many of these imported cheeses without an obvious or equivalent American corollary.