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EU demand for legislation to indicate origins of food and drink

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It has been reported that the EU has stepped up demands on the UK to legislate to preserve the status of European speciality produce including: feta cheese, parma ham, French cognac and Belgium’s sour lambic beers. The EU wants the UK to adopt a near equivalent to its system of ‘geographical indications’ – labels that protect a product linked to a region. Michel Barnier has said that geographical indications are among the issues that must be settled before the UK can have an exit deal. The EU has more than 3,300 protected foods and drinks, including scores from the UK, listed under its register of geographical indications. The rules bar English growers from calling their sparkling wine champagne, for example, or Danish farmers from selling their crumbly cheese as feta.

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