ITALY: Parmesan producers battle to protect name
A consortium of cheesemakers from Parma has filed a case with the European Court of Justice in a bid to protect the name "Parmesan" (or Parmigiano in Italian). So far the name has no legal protection and the cheesemakers, who have used traditional method of production for centuries, say that they are now under threat from cheaper rivals who do not produce the hard, dry cheese to the same high standards.
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