Why Does Stinky Cheese Stink?

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Reactions Science Videos | June 10, 2018

Some cheeses, like Epoisses, are so legendarily stinky they’re supposedly banned on public transit in France. It’s the chemistry of washed-rind cheeses that makes them such a smelly food.

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