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Italy is serious about protecting their cheese… not so fast, Costa Rica

Protecting geographic identity is big BIG business… €6.3bn in Europe this year in fact… and as such Italy has blocked the implementation of a trade agreement between the European Union (EU) and Costa Rica in protest to the use of geographical indication (GI) trademarks by cheese manufacturers in the country.

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“The Costa Rican Ministry of Foreign Trade (COMEX) confirmed yesterday that its entry into the Central American Association Agreement (CAAA) has been vetoed by Italy, just days before the country was due be given provisional approval on 1 August. Italy is protesting the use by Costa Rican cheese makers of four Italian GI-protected cheese names – Provolone Valpadana, Fontina, Gorgonzola, and Parmigiano Reggiano.”

via Italy blocks EU-Costa Rica trade deal over cheese GI infringements.

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