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cheesy problems in the eu January 16, 2009

Posted by Bradley in : Uncategorized , trackback

It seems to be hard to be a European cheese producer these days. Roquefort producers have sent some of their cheese to Barack Obama to protest the US tariffs designed to penalise the EU for not allowing hormone treated beef into the EU. Lithuania’s application to register a protected geographical designation for Germantas cheese (filed in the summer of 2005) was rejected (the decision was taken in December but it was officially published yesterday) by the Commission on the basis that the characteristics of the cheese were a result of its production method rather than of geography (seems like pretty standard stuff – but because only the Lithuanian text is authentic I don’t know if there’s anything I’m missing). And Italy is providing financial support to producers of parmesan.

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