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Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Toomey: Changing Cheese Names is Rididulous

If the European Union has its way you won’t be able to buy asiago, parmesan and muenster cheese anymore in American grocery stores.

Actually, the cheese would be available – but with a different name.

Senators Pat Toomey and Chuck Schumer are urging the US Department of Agriculture to fight the initiative by the EU that would prohibit American dairy farmers for using the names the union says are “geographical indicators” and can only be appropriately displayed on products made in certain areas of Europe Italy.

For example, true parmesan cheese can only be made in Parma, Italy.

Toomey says the new guideline are ridiculous and threaten Pennsylvania jobs.

The National Milk Producers Association, International Dairy Foods Association, U.S. Dairy Export Council, American Farm Bureau Federation, Kraft, and others support Toomey and Schumer’s efforts.

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