European Union Buckles To U.S. On Regional Brands

Law360, New York (January 4, 2006, 12:00 AM EST) -- The European Union has caved in under pressure from the U.S. and Australia to simplify its registration procedure for foreign agricultural products after a protracted food fight over geographic indications.

The move comes less than a year after the World Trade Organization ruled in favor of the U.S. and Australia in a bitter dispute over Europe’s stringent limitations of U.S. and Australian food and wine labeling.

Last March, a WTO panel ruled that the European rules on geographic indications were discriminatory against U.S. and Australian food...
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