Goat farms spur growth in Alaskan cheese making

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) - Alaska officials have drafted the state's first rules for commercial cheese making amid concerns about the growing number of dairy goat farms.

The director of the state Division of Environmental Health says cheese needs to be made in sanitary conditions, not just someone's bathtub. Kristin Ryan also says Alaska was the only state without commercial cheese-making regulations until her office drafted some this winter.

The rules have alarmed budding cheese-makers, who say they will
raise costs and squelch entrepreneurs.

But an assistant state veterinarian who helped draft the rules says they are already the most liberal among the states. Dr. Jay Fuller says food safety shouldn't take a back seat to business.

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