In EU, Parmesan Cheese Must Come From Parma

Law360, New York (February 27, 2008, 12:00 AM EST) -- If the hard, crumbly cheese grated onto pasta across Europe wasn't produced in Italy's Parma region, it can't be called Parmesan, Europe's highest court has reportedly ruled.

The ruling was a blow to German producers of Parmesan, who argued that the term was generic. They were the last holdout to a 1996 ruling extending a “protected designation of origin” to Parmigiano Reggiano, the Italian name for the cheese.

The European Court of Justice ruled against German cheese-makers who market their product under the Parmesan name, the...
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