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  1. Stipple

    Stipple said, 6 months ago

    “Cheese and crackers got all muddy”

    I am really not understanding why a country of origin does not fix the entire controversy.
    You want French Cheddar? Buy the one that says made in France, problem solved.

  2. Rad-ish

    Rad-ish GoComics PRO Member said, 6 months ago

    Europe makes a stink about American cheese names
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    The Europeans say Parmesan should only come from the area around Parma, Italy, not from Auricchio’s plant or those familiar green cylinders that American companies sell. Feta should only be from Greece, they say, even though feta isn’t a place. The EU argues it “is so closely connected to Greece as to be identified as an inherently Greek product.”

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    http://www.sfgate.com/news/politics/article/Europe-makes-a-stink-about-American-cheese-names-5309219.php

  3. motivemagus

    motivemagus said, 6 months ago

    Following up on Radish, this is really just a play by Europe to brand their products and prevent anyone else from using the name. This started a while ago, because the French got ticked that you can have American champagne, even though precisely similar wines in FRANCE can’t be called that unless they are from the right part of France.
    If it were a matter of taste and quality, that would be one thing, but in this case they are saying that ANY feta cheese from Greece, no matter how crappy, would get the name, whereas no cheese from outside there could get the name, no matter how good.

  4. pirate227

    pirate227 said, 6 months ago

    And the struggle to resist American culture continues. In a blind taste test California wines beat French wines handily. I don’t blame them but, you can’t hide behind names.

  5. Enoki

    Enoki said, 6 months ago

    The EU should be a warning that their idiots in Brussels could one day be our idiots in Washington DC. We’re close with Obama…

  6. cenright

    cenright said, 6 months ago

    Hmm. I live near the Michigan city of Pinconning which is a well known cheese producing center. We don’t call their cheddar cheese Cheddar. We call it Pinconning. Everyone, locally understands it is very similar to Cheddar, but it is made in and called Pinconning.

  7. yusodum

    yusodum said, 6 months ago

    If I just may point out: This is not a conspiracy against the US. The EU does this internally too. Italian Champagne? No way. Danish Feta? Nope.

  8. Ruff

    Ruff GoComics PRO Member said, 6 months ago

    A filter cigarette ?? No real Frenchman would touch a filter cigarette.

  9. Rad-ish

    Rad-ish GoComics PRO Member said, 6 months ago

    All Kraft has to do is call it Made in America Parmesan,
    that would settle the Europeans and molify the yahoos at home, “Didn’t want none of that French par me sian cheese anyway.”
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    California could call it Nappa Valley sparkling wine, it would probably rival Champagne

  10. cjr53

    cjr53 said, 6 months ago

    @ReasonsVentriloquist

    “I have heard say that KFC is no longer Kentucky Fried Chicken for this reason.”
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    Interesting. I heard that KFC wanted to dump the “fried” part to make it seem less fattening and healthier.
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    Don’t know if either is correct. Thanks for the info.

  11. motivemagus

    motivemagus said, 6 months ago

    @ReasonsVentriloquist

    Dude! Chill! Specific cheeses are known by specific names, that’s why it matters.
    Besides, there’s a long tradition in INTERNATIONAL trademark law that you lose your trademark when your name becomes a generic identifier — hence anyone can call their acetylsalicylic acid “aspirin.” (invented in Germany by Bayer)

  12. MortyForTyrant

    MortyForTyrant said, 6 months ago

    We all love the French, but they ARE a bit peculiar at times. For example they ban English expressions in daily life. Everybody calls the train through the tunnel to England “Le shuttle” in France, but thats forbidden, it has to have a French name a mile long. Sigh…

  13. motivemagus

    motivemagus said, 6 months ago

    @ReasonsVentriloquist

    Do keep in mind that California wines come from cuttings of French vineyards. And furthermore, current French wines come from cuttings from those California vineyards — a few years ago a strike killed all their vines. So who gets to refer to specific wines?

  14. motivemagus

    motivemagus said, 6 months ago

    @ReasonsVentriloquist

    Don’t make assumptions about my views. I am appalled that Disney got the copyright law changed, and I am a published writer and the husband of a published writer.
    Why can’t France specify “French champagne?”

  15. Diat60

    Diat60 said, 6 months ago

    You’re all missing the obvious here. Cheddar is NOT a French cheese, it’s an English one, originally made in the town of Cheddar and the famous caves of that name.

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