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EU fears influx of ‘British champagne’ once Brexit ends food rules

A leaked paper highlights concern in Brussels that British companies could violate protections given to EU foodstuffs after Brexit.

The European Union is concerned that British companies could violate protections given to the names of thousands of European products – such as parma ham and champagne.

The European commission has given “geographical indication” (GI) status to 1,150 products, meaning companies can only use the name of a locality in their marketing if the product is from that area.

When the UK leaves the EU, it will no longer need to abide by the directives and could, for example, rename some English sparking wine as English champagne, or ham as English parma ham.

(Source: The Guardian)

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