Bringing food into the US in checked it allowed?

This is one of those questions where I am sure everyone knows except me so I feel really dumb asking but....are you allowed to bring food into the US in checked luggage? If so, are there limits? For example, raw milk cheese? I'm visiting family in NY for Christmas and I know some of them are pretty into food so I thought it would be a nice present but if I can't bring it in then I will have to think of something else.....darn! And yes I know there are cheesemongers in NY but I get lost going to the rest-room in places with more than one floor so I will count myself lucky to find Central Park while i'm over. Thanks in advance!

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