The South African Government has given Israel permission to import South African-made cheese from Israel for a limited period, and Israeli cheese producer Danco Foods will be the first in the world to export it to South Africa, an official with the South African government told the Jerusalem Post on Thursday.
The Israeli cheese was first exported from the country in 2013 and has since been exported to over 200 countries.
The announcement was made on the occasion of the International Cheese Festival, which takes place this week in South Africa.
Danco, a Swiss company, has the largest market in the region, according to its website.
According to the website, “the South African cheese has a distinctive flavor, and the combination of it with the taste of cheese is the ultimate taste experience.”
The South African Cheese Festival takes place on July 22 and 23 at the Guggenheim Museum in Berlin.
It will include exhibitions, talks and tastings.
“South Africa has long been a supporter of Israel and continues to be so, despite the blockade,” the official said.
“I believe that our cooperation with the Israeli cheese industry will help strengthen the South Africa-Israel ties, which will be of benefit to both countries.”
“I know this will be a difficult decision for South Africans who are used to having Israeli cheeses imported to them, but I hope that it will not be a barrier to the growth of the cheese industry in Israel,” he added.