Food lovers breathed a sigh of relief today when news broke that the U.S. was dropping threatened tariffs on luxury food imports from Europe. "Cheese war ends, everybody wins," Foreign Policy declared in its Passport blog, encouraging its readers to enjoy a celebratory cheeseburger. These taxes--which would have pushed the markup on French Roquefort cheese from 100 percent to a whopping 300 percent--never actually went into effect. But the food world had been making provisions just in case.Obama saved your cheese. Rejoice.
Back in January, I noted that the Bush Administration was imposing a hefty import duty on Roquefort cheese, in retaliation for the EU daring to have some food safety standards. But just last week, common sense and civility broke out: