Hong Kong (CNN Business)The European Union wants Australian companies to stop labeling their goods as “feta” and “gorgonzola” — and if it gets its way, the country’s food makers may have to change their product names.
On Tuesday, the Australian government released a list of 408 food and drink names that the EU wants protected in exchange for a free trade agreement (FTA).
These include popular terms like “gruyere,” “Irish cream,” “scotch whisky” and “Grappa.”
Australia began negotiating an FTA with the European Union last year, which as a bloc is already Australia’s second-largest trading partner and third-largest export destination. Australia’s Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade believes an FTA would give the country’s exporters even more of an edge in a market with more than 500 million people.