Blue Cheese in the gluten-free diet – A research update by Alex Anca, MHSc., RD and Advisor to the CCA Professional Advisory Board Blue cheese has always been a hot topic in the gluten-free diet. A charming legend tells of a young shepherd watching his sheep in the Roquefort-sur-Soulzon area of France. He was resting near a cave, enjoying lunch of bread and ewe’s milk cheese when a beautiful girl caught his eye. He quickly stowed his meal in the cave and chased after his heart. A few months later, he stumbled upon the abandoned bread and cheese. Despite the mould and strong aroma, his hunger drove him to bite into the cheese, discovering the delightful flavour of what would one day become Roquefort, the unique blue cheese made from the region’s specific mould, Penicillium roqueforti. This story has brought blue cheese to the forefront of the debate amongst those […]

Most of the people who have written about a correlation between cheese and penicillin allergy have indicated no problems with eating cheese. However, there appears to be rare situations when eating food with penicillin in it does cause reactions for penicillin-sensitive individuals. One person indicates a reaction to blue cheese and questions what other products to avoid. The other person questions why her penicillin allergy does not cause a reaction when she eats blue cheese. Locally, I’ve not seen any reports of allergic reactions to blue cheese from patients with penicillin allergy.The literature I was able to find gave rare incidences where penicillin-sensitive individuals had allergic reactions after ingesting milk, beef, pork or chicken that had traces of penicillin in them.These studies were not extensive, and the conclusion of most of the material I’ve seen on this is that small amounts of penicillin in food seldom causes an anaphylactic reaction […]