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First it was “Champagne,” now other foodstuffs to be renamed

Published on Sep 30, 2019

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Calling food and beverages produced in Australia by European names could be a thing of the past if the European Union (EU) has anything to say about it.

 

It started with champagne, now members of the EU want to review a long list of product names in the lead up to the Free Trade Agreement (FTA) with Australia.

 

If you currently manufacture such products as: Feta, Gruyere, Munchener Bier, Ouzo or Mortadella Bologna, just to name a few, you may soon need to find a new name for it.

 

As part of the negotiations, the Government has published the list of Geographical Indications (GIs) the EU has asked Australia to protect. There are 172 foods and 236 spirits on the list under contention.

 

How can you have your say?

Business owners are encouraged to access the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) public objections procedure webpage. There you’ll find a form which allows you to outline the grounds of your objections to the name changes. You will need to include information or evidence that relates to your objection.

 

The public objection process opened on 13 August and closes on 13 November 2019.

 

If you produce or manufacture food or beverage products, and want to participate in this discussion or lodge an objection click here.

For general information click here.

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