|April 7, 2004,
just-food.com: The European Commission has sent
its final warning to the German Government admonishing
their continued use of the name “Parmesan”
to market certain cheeses. Parmesan or Parmigiano Reggiano
as it is know in France has a protected designation of
origin (PDO) status. Use of the name is by EU law exclusively
reserved to producers within a certain geographical area
in Italy who make the cheese in line with a binding specification.
The warning calls on Germany to give full protection to
this PDO within its territory.
Under the European legislation on PDOs and protected
geographical indications (PGIs), member states are required
to protect registered names against any misuse or imitation,
even if the true origin of the product is indicated
or the name is translated. Parmigiano Reggiano has been
registered as a protected name since 1996.
“Cheeses not made in line with the Parmigiano
Reggiano specification continue to be sold in German
territory under the name "Parmesan", which
in the eyes of the Commission is a translation through
French of Parmigiano Reggiano,” the Commission