The European Court of Justice (ECJ) has officially agreed with UK supermarket group Asda that it has a right to sell Parma ham on its deli counter that has been sliced and packaged in the UK. An Italian Parma ham trade association first argued in court in November 1997 that, in order to be called Parma ham, the product has to have been sliced and packaged in the Parma region where it originated.