Cornish Yarg in the USA

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Cornish Yarg is now being enjoyed in the US, thanks to collaboration between artisan cheesemaker Lynher Dairies and Cornwall Council.

Lynher Dairies partner Catherine Mead (l) with technical manager, Sarah Barnes
Lynher Dairies partner Catherine Mead (l) with technical manager, Sarah Barnes

Delivering its award-winning cheese to this new export market is helping the business achieve a 12% growth each year.

Lynher Dairies is sharing its success as the Cornwall and Isles of Scilly Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) develops a new project between businesses and regulatory services at Cornwall Council called ‘Better Business for All’.

To meet stringent export requirements, Lynher Dairies was inspected by representatives of the US Food and Drug Administration. During the visit, the company was supported by Cornwall Council’s Public Protection & Business Support food safety officers, who assisted them with any questions raised by American inspectors.

Following a successful audit, Lynher Dairies was approved to export cheese to the US by the US Food and Drug Administration, and Cornish Yarg is now enjoyed throughout the States.

Lynher Dairies’ technical manager, Sarah Barnes, said: “We have always been very well supported and advised by our local environmental health officers, both in person when they visit to carry out their routine food inspections and through invaluable email and phone recommendations which are promptly given.

“They have been proactive in providing updates on industry, Food Standards Agency and EU requirements and are always open to giving us practical suggestions, recommendations, information and assistance to help us comply with food safety legislation and guidance.”

Lynher Dairies is based in Ponsanooth, near Truro, and processes over 200 tonnes of handmade cheese annually.

To reduce the regulatory burden on local businesses, the LEP has set up a new project between businesses and regulatory services at Cornwall Council called Better Business for All.

To help develop the programme, businesses across Cornwall are now being urged to share their experiences of regulation through a short questionnaire on the LEP’s business advice portal, www.business-pulse.co.uk.