Skip to comments.Europe wants its Parmesan back, seeks name change
Posted on 03/11/2014 12:22:56 PM PDT by Olog-hai
Would Parmesan by any other name be as tasty atop your pasta? A ripening trade battle might put that to the test.
As part of trade talks, the European Union wants to ban the use of European names like Parmesan, feta and Gruyère on cheese made in the United States.
The argument is that the American-made cheeses are shadows of the original European varieties and cut into sales and identity of the European cheeses. The Europeans say Parmesan should only come from Parma, Italy, not those familiar green cylinders that American companies sell. Feta should only be from Greece, even though feta isnt a place. The EU argues it is so closely connected to Greece as to be identified as an inherently Greek product.
So, a little hard-grated cheese for your pasta? It doesnt have quite the same ring as Parmesan.
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All they need to do is add the suffix “Style” to the product and that would end it....(pun intended!)
the earlier tirade against Americans using generic terms....for cheese..”sounded” awfully familiar.
have they no expectations of being capable of dealing with the real issues of the day over there??
ok. They can buy all their potato chips from America, and never call them “crisps”. And no cheap imitations of Coke or Pepsi, either. They come from America, or they are not really “cola”.
Having tasted Parmigiano-Reggiano, I certainly cannot disagree with them regarding the coarse powder in green cans passed off as parmesan in this country.
I’d rather eat Locateli brand Pecorino Romano then Parmesan.
Now you know where Congress learned it.
that stuff in the green cylinder is not cheese, its a cheese-like substance.
Sounds like they’d be better to have European producers of cheese spend their money on education of (American) world consumers rather than trying to “ban” an name through government regulations. Ah but the Europeans are socialists/fascist these days (even if they won’t admit it). They don’t really believe in the free-market!
Sorry Surrender Monkeys... All your cheese belong to us.
This word banning could go both ways. I wonder how many iconic American words they’ve absconded and put on their products.
We can easily fix this. Stop all imports of the products we also make here, so American consumers would know that their Swiss was really American.
That should make them happy over in the EU!
We beat Italy in WWII. Spoils of war.
Disney, cough cough...
I’m fortunate to have a coop food store near us that sells imported cheeses. Of course, most of them are far better than their factory-farm American imitations. Not necessarily better than some of the local Vermont cheeses—but different.
In any case, it’s easy enough to tell the difference from the label. People who buy Kraft cheese aren’t about to buy Italian Parmeggiano. And others are unwilling to pay the difference in price. And of course a lot of markets just don’t carry imported cheeses, because they don’t have enough customers willing to pay for the extra trouble and expense.
I’m a great fan of Stilton. But I no longer buy it, because it’s too damned expensive.
so we’ll make Parmesan in Parma, Ohio. Problem solved.
If not for the US and our dollar, not to mention a lot of soldier's lives, the whole of Europe would be floundering in communism and the nazi lifestyle.
And the most damned arrogant and most ungrateful of them all, Germany, has damn sure forgot who saved their butts.
To hell with them.
But that damned traitor in the White Hut will roll over and issue an Executive Order for whatever the hell it is they want.
OK with me. Now it’s Spaghetti cheese, Smushy cheese, Gooey cheese, Holey cheese.
...and football can no longer be called football?
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