30 August 2003

EU flexes muscles on food labels

If the European Union has its way, we will no longer be able to buy champagne from California, or feta cheese from Canada, or sherry from Chile or Australia. On thursday the EU released a list of 41 products whose geographically-specific names it wants protected. If it gets its way, in future the only products labelled champagne or cognac will come from France, the only scotch whiskey from Scotland, &c. Generic imitations from elsewhere will have to adopt different names.

Perhaps we should force Americans to quit selling what they persist in calling Canadian bacon. And perhaps the United Kingdom will force us to change the name of British Columbia.

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