Coon no more
Coon cheese's name will be changed after a campaign by activists who said it had racist connotationse
Coon's owners, dairy products company Saputo, confirmed the change today after being written a letter of complaint in June by activist Stephen Hagan, who has been fighting for 20 years to have the name changed.
Edward William Coon patented a process used to manufacture cheese in the US in 1926.
The brand's website says the cheese was first manufactured in Australia in November 1935 and was wrapped in "traditional red waxed cloth".
That lead to it becoming known as "Red Coon," according to Saputo's website.
But Dr Hagan said the name had purely racist meanings.
The cheese was previously wrapped in black and given the name "Coon" as a joke, he said.