European Union CALLS ON Australia to stop using the name ‘Feta’ on its cheese products – Greek City Times
The EU wants only Parma cheese to be called parmesan, the name feta to be reserved for cheese from Greece, and many other regional European names common to foods and drinks made in Australia to be restricted,
Australian Dairy Farmers chairman Rick Gladigau said Australia needed to protect its products with European names.
“People migrated here from Europe (and) brought their expertise in making feta and other varieties of cheese,” he told the Weekly schedules.
“They should be able to put those names on the label to reflect the craftsmanship needed to make the product.”
While Australia hopes to sign a deal by May, it will almost certainly have to make major concessions to the EU’s huge auto industry, headquartered mainly in Germany, Italy and France, but with factories all over the continent.
Also on the table is the abolition of Australia’s $880m-a-year Luxury Car Tax (LCT), which has become a key part of a possible trade deal with the European Union (EU). , while the right for Australian producers to call the cheese ‘feta’ and ‘parmesan’ is also up for negotiation.
The LCT was introduced 22 years ago by Prime Minister John Howard to protect local manufacturers when Australia was still producing cars in large numbers.
But with Australia’s auto industry gone, the LCT remains on the books only as a government measure to raise revenue. The luxury car tax is worth $880m to Australia, but the EU wants it scrapped. Plus, Australia’s car market is worth $20 billion a year, and the EU wants a bigger slice
The EU would, in turn, allow better access to its markets for Australian farmers, although any improvements are likely to be incremental.
But protections for around 400 European products named for specific places – such as Parmesan cheese from Parma and sparkling wine Prosecco, named after an Italian village – are also on the table.