Cheese not from Italy? You can’t call it parmesan if the name is protected under a new registry

Move will bar import and sale of products with EU-origin names but are made elsewhere

Common examples of geographical indication products include champagne from France and Basmati rice from India.
Common examples of geographical indication products include champagne from France and Basmati rice from India. PHOTO: AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE

The names of geographically unique foods and beverages, which could include cognac brandy from France and parmesan cheese from Italy, will receive greater protection when a new regime kicks in on April 1, The Straits Times has learnt.

The move will bar the import and sale of products that use these names but are made elsewhere.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on March 29, 2019, with the headline 'New registry could protect names like parmesan'. Subscribe