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An in­ter­est­ing al­liance, per­haps: The Elvis Pres­ley Holy Land Tour has been or­ga­nized by Elvis Pres­ley En­ter­prises and Is­rael Theme Tours, set to take 100 fans to Is­rael next year “to ex­plore the Gospel side of Elvis Pres­ley.” Or­ga­niz­ers say the trav­el­ers will fol­low in the foot­steps of Je­sus, sail the Sea of Galilee, visit Jerusalem, float in the Dead Sea, ride a camel, roam Tel Aviv and be bap­tized in the Jor­dan River, with certificate and bap­tismal gown in­cluded. Gospel per­form­ers and mu­si­cians who once worked with the iconic singer will ac­com­pany the $4,000 ex­cur­sion; tick­ets go on sale Wed­nes­day.

“No one coun­try or en­tity should own com­mon food names,” says Jaime Cas­taneda, ex­ec­u­tive di­rec­tor of the new ini­tia­tive, and trade pol­icy ex­pert at the U.S. Dairy Ex­port Coun­cil — who warns that if re­stric­tions are im­posed, con­sumers won’t even rec­og­nize their fa­vorite foods while pro­duc­ers must foot a mas­sive re­la­bel­ing bill.

“At least as much feta and parme­san cheese are made out­side Europe as within it. This is not just a ques­tion of dol­lars and cents, but of fair­ness and choice,” says the group’s chair­man, Er­rico Auric­chio, also pres­i­dent of Bel­gioioso Cheese in Green Bay, Wis. Lyall told the Pa­triot News, a lo­cal news­pa­per in Me­chan­ics­burg.

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