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According to figures recently released by USDA’s Foreign Agricultural Service, (FAS) and published in The Cheese Reporter, licensed US cheese imports during May totaled 18.1 million pounds, up 63.7 percent or 7.0 million pounds, from May 2008.
 
During the first five months of 2009, licensed cheese imports totaled 83.5 million pounds, up 17.7  percent, or 12. 6 million pounds, from the first five months of 2008.
 
Licensed imports of other cheese nspf (not specifically provided for) during May totaled 7.2 million pounds, up 3.1 million pounds from May 2008. January – May licensed importers of other cheese –nspf totaled 34.1 million pounds, up 7.4 million pounds from the same period last year.