Australia may have to stop selling its own feta, halloumi and other products, such as prosecco, bri, camembert, pecorino, edam, cheddar and parmesan, in a bid to protect EU products’ culture. Some countries are demanding that Aussie producers change the name of their goods in a bid to protect their products as part of the ongoing Free Trade Agreement (FTA) negotiations with the EU.
Australian proseccu producers are worried that there sales would be at risk if a trade deal is made with Europe to protect sparkling wine, however prosecco farmers and the Italian Government are pushing the European Union to protect the sparkling wine from being produced in other countries.
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Referring to the trade deals, EU Agricultural and Development Commissioner Phil Hogan had said: “I think from an Australian producer’s point of view, they will have to produce this particular evidence in order that it doesn’t conflict with our Italian friends.”
Italy hopes to give prosecco the same level of protection that Champagne has, which is the world’s most famous GI.
Greece is pushing for feta cheese to also be rebranded in Australia.