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Europe starts food fight with U.S. over cheese names
LA Times ^ | 3-12-14 | AP story

Posted on 03/14/2014 5:35:22 AM PDT by smokingfrog

Errico Auricchio produced cheese with his family in Italy until he brought his trade to the United States more than 30 years ago. Now the European Union is saying his cheese isn't authentic enough to carry a European name.

As part of trade talks, the EU wants to ban the use of names like Parmesan, feta and Gorgonzola 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.

Auricchio, president of Wisconsin-based BelGioioso Cheese Inc., says he has no idea what he would call his Parmesan if he had to find a new name.

"I Can't Believe It's Not Parmesan," he jokes.

(Excerpt) Read more at latimes.com ...


TOPICS: Foreign Affairs; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: cheese; dairy; europeanunion

1 posted on 03/14/2014 5:35:22 AM PDT by smokingfrog
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To: smokingfrog

Total waste of time on trivial matters


2 posted on 03/14/2014 5:36:36 AM PDT by bill1952 (Choice is an illusion created between those with power - and those without)
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To: smokingfrog

All American cheese should be labeled “processed cow stuff.”


3 posted on 03/14/2014 5:37:45 AM PDT by Gen.Blather
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To: Gen.Blather

You’ve just described a typical hamburger patty.


4 posted on 03/14/2014 5:38:35 AM PDT by jmcenanly ("The more corrupt the state, the more laws." Tacitus, Publius Cornelius)
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To: smokingfrog; All

“Europe starts food fight with U.S. over cheese names”

Hey...dip$hits! Pay attention, it’s called Russia, Ukraine, and Germany — There is stuff going there in case you hadn’t noticed, so take your goofy F’n cheese name debate and shove it up your obama.


5 posted on 03/14/2014 5:40:36 AM PDT by areukiddingme1 (areukiddingme1 is a synonym for a Retired U.S. Navy Chief Petty Officer and tired of liberal BS.))
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To: smokingfrog

EU is just another “dictator”...similar to the UN.


6 posted on 03/14/2014 5:41:56 AM PDT by Sacajaweau
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To: smokingfrog
I bought plastic cheese for years.

Now...real cheese and real butter is the only toasted cheese I make.

7 posted on 03/14/2014 5:43:10 AM PDT by Sacajaweau
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To: smokingfrog

I KNEW that “cheese eating surrender monkey” comment would come back to bite us...


8 posted on 03/14/2014 5:43:48 AM PDT by WayneS (Respect the 2nd Amendment; Repeal the 16th (and 17th))
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To: areukiddingme1

No kidding! It’s all gonna be Russian cheese shortly.


9 posted on 03/14/2014 5:47:04 AM PDT by JudyinCanada
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To: smokingfrog

Behold the power of cheese.


10 posted on 03/14/2014 6:10:40 AM PDT by Alex Murphy ("the defacto Leader of the FR Calvinist Protestant Brigades")
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To: bill1952
total waste of time on trivial matters

Not to fussy eaters. US dairy has a lot of antibiotics and growth hormones. The grains the cows eat might be Monsanto's finest. Europe is much stricter about what's in a food.

What's the harm with labeling a cheese "American-made parmesan", for instance? With US cheeses, manufacturers label when their chedder is made in Wisconsin or Vermont, for example.

11 posted on 03/14/2014 6:19:07 AM PDT by grania
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To: Sacajaweau
I bought plastic cheese for years.

Now...real cheese and real butter is the only toasted cheese I make.

American cheese is some type of processed cheddarish substance with its soul removed and each slice wrapped in its own little transparent shroud. I buy real cheddar (or Swiss or provolone...) rather than zombie cheese.

12 posted on 03/14/2014 6:21:16 AM PDT by KarlInOhio (Republican amnesty supporters don't care whether their own homes are called mansions or haciendas.)
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To: jmcenanly

Hamburger? The people from Hamburg, Germany want to have a little talk with you about stealing their name.


13 posted on 03/14/2014 6:23:25 AM PDT by KarlInOhio (Republican amnesty supporters don't care whether their own homes are called mansions or haciendas.)
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To: KarlInOhio

Then there’s the crapper....


14 posted on 03/14/2014 6:25:50 AM PDT by Sacajaweau
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To: smokingfrog

Just call them Parmesan style or Gouda style cheeses.


15 posted on 03/14/2014 7:24:55 AM PDT by manic4organic (It was nice knowing you, America.)
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To: smokingfrog

“As part of trade talks, the EU wants to ban the use of names like Parmesan, feta and Gorgonzola on cheese made in the United States”

Gouda luck. :-)


16 posted on 03/14/2014 8:03:02 AM PDT by Georgia Girl 2 (The only purpose o f a pistol is to fight your way back to the rifle you should never have dropped.)
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To: Georgia Girl 2

I’m feta up with the cheesy jokes. :-)


17 posted on 03/14/2014 8:04:09 AM PDT by smokingfrog ( sleep with one eye open (<o> ---)
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To: smokingfrog

Venezuelan Beaver Cheese?


18 posted on 03/14/2014 8:07:40 AM PDT by freedomlover
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To: freedomlover

I’m afraid to ask, and darn sure won’t google it without safe search.


19 posted on 03/14/2014 8:14:32 AM PDT by smokingfrog ( sleep with one eye open (<o> ---)
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To: smokingfrog

:-) Snicker


20 posted on 03/14/2014 8:22:24 AM PDT by Georgia Girl 2 (The only purpose o f a pistol is to fight your way back to the rifle you should never have dropped.)
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To: grania

“Not to fussy eaters.”

So you’re saying that you’re helplessly incapable of distinguishing between European vs. American cheeses? I sincerely doubt that. Personally, I take responsibility for my food choices. An EU food labeling regime is just another layer of big government. No thank you.


21 posted on 03/14/2014 11:06:34 AM PDT by Owl558 (Those who remember George Santayana are doomed to repeat him)
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To: Owl558
I take responsibility for my food choices

So do I. When I eat out, in most restaurants I avoid cheeses unless they feature cheese that's authentic and excellent quality. It's no problem taking responsibility when it's my purchase and I can read the label.

22 posted on 03/14/2014 12:04:39 PM PDT by grania
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To: Owl558

Well it’s Europe’s big government, not the USA’s. The USA has its own big government and needs no help from Europe.


23 posted on 03/14/2014 12:07:25 PM PDT by HiTech RedNeck (Embrace the Lion of Judah and He will roar for you and teach you to roar too. See my page.)
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To: grania

I love authentic Velveeta. None of that store brand cheese product loaf, it has to be Velveeta.


24 posted on 03/14/2014 12:08:05 PM PDT by HiTech RedNeck (Embrace the Lion of Judah and He will roar for you and teach you to roar too. See my page.)
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To: grania

“It’s no problem taking responsibility when it’s my purchase and I can read the label.”

Exactly! Additional labeling ian’t really needed.


25 posted on 03/14/2014 12:26:55 PM PDT by Owl558 (Those who remember George Santayana are doomed to repeat him)
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To: HiTech RedNeck

“The USA has its own big government and needs no help from Europe.”

I totally agree Mr. RedNeck, sir.


26 posted on 03/14/2014 12:27:48 PM PDT by Owl558 (Those who remember George Santayana are doomed to repeat him)
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To: HiTech RedNeck
The Secret of Velveeta
27 posted on 03/14/2014 6:40:33 PM PDT by smokingfrog ( sleep with one eye open (<o> ---)
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To: smokingfrog

Ah yes. Calcium citrate.

Well if the people want cheese food they will get cheese food!

I would almost think it would be possible to make custom cheese foods in the home kitchen, this way. So whatever flavor of cheese food you wanted, you could turn cheese into that. Roquefort cheese food? No problem.


28 posted on 03/14/2014 7:48:53 PM PDT by HiTech RedNeck (Embrace the Lion of Judah and He will roar for you and teach you to roar too. See my page.)
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