Trade

EU and China strike deal to protect gourmet food names

SHANGHAI — Beijing and Brussels have struck a deal to protect regional food names such as Gorgonzola, Champagne, Nanjing salted duck and Lapsang Souchong tea.

The agreement protects a list of 100 European regional food specialties in China and 100 Chinese delicacies in the EU.

“We will sign it in Beijing in two days,” French President Emmanuel Macron told POLITICO and Reuters on Monday.

Phil Hogan, the EUs incoming trade chief, travelled to China to seal the pact. “Commissioner Hogan is in China to finalize the agreement,” a Commission spokesperson said.

The deal is set to anger U.S. agriculture producers who say the EU is boxing them out of their main growing markets, as its system of geographical indications builds an increasingly strong foothold worldwide.

Indeed, the agreement means that a cheese, for examRead More – Source

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