Feta on proposed list drawn up by EU and China

Feta on proposed list drawn up by EU and China

The EU and China's latest round of talks on geographical indications has seen the two sides set out the names of 100 traditional food and drink items manufacturers not based in historic production regions nor following standardised production techniques would be prevented from marketing.

Proposed products to be included in the agreement are now being reviewed, subject to comments from food manufacturers in the EU and China. Should no complaints be received, the deal will be formalised later this year.

A joint statement from the EU and China set out lists of foods that could be protected. They said the publication of the lists was "a key step to reach a rapid conclusion of the ongoing negotiations".

European foodstuffs being listed for protection in China include Greece's feta cheese, Italy's Parmigiano Reggiano, Sierra Mágina olive oil from Spain, Austrian pumpkin seed oil Steirisches Kürbiskernöl and Portugal's Pêra Rocha do Oeste pears.

Chinese products being listed for protection in the EU include Gannan navel oranges, Pixian bean Paste, Shanxi aged vinegar, Nanjing salted duck and Jinhua pig.

The agreement follows a 2010 deal where the EU and China each agreed to protect ten of the other party's geographical indication (GI) food and drink products.