THE CHEESE WARS

The Washington Times Daily - - Politics -

There hasn’t been such a hub­bub over cheese since the French were called “cheese-eat­ing sur­ren­der mon­keys” in the pop­u­lar con­ser­va­tive press as war loomed in Iraq. These days, cheese is weaponry: The Euro­pean Com­mis­sion in­tends to re­strict the use of generic terms like ched­dar, parme­san, feta, pro­volone and even “clas­sic” and “fine” by in­clud­ing nam­ing re­stric­tions within free-trade agree­ments with Western Hemi­sphere and Asian coun­tries. The cheese mak­ers are fight­ing back, though.

The Con­sor­tium for Com­mon Food Names, launched on Mon­day and based in Virginia, hopes to stop Euro­pean ef­forts to mo­nop­o­lize names now in the public do­main. They’re OK with spe­cific things like “Parmi­giano Reg­giano,” “Camem­bert de Nor­mandie” or “Washington State ap­ples.” But re­strict­ing ri­cotta?

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