In trade talks with the United States, the European Union is pushing to ban the use of European cheese names on American-made cheese.
The EU claims that American-made cheeses labelled parmesan, feta, and gorgonzola are substandard versions of the European originals.
For example, to be named parmesan cheese, the EU claims the cheese must hail from Parma, Italy. Similarly, they explain that feta cheese is so integral to Greek culture that it should only bear the name feta if made in Greece.
Retaliation is strong from U.S. dairy producers, cheesemakers, and food companies.