Some Of Our Favourite Local Cheeses Could Be About To Disappear

Jul 12, 2019

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Australian producers could be banned from using some of the most famous cheese names as part of a new free-trade agreement with the European Union.

A proposed “geographic indication” (GI) system means certain names could only be used in specific regions.

The names banned for use by Aussie producers would include:

Parmesan

Pecorino

Mozzarella

Feta

Halloumi

Brie

Camembert

Gorgonzola

According to the Herald Sun:

“They have said they won’t sign an agreement without GIs being included,” [Dairy Australia’s] Mr Myers said.

The agreement would result in the destruction of countless small and medium Australian cheesemakers, he said.

“This is a serious, serious problem we have to deal with here,” he said.

Under the deal Australian importers could still bring in European brands using the normal names.

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