The agreement on the mutual recognition of geographical country-of-origin markings between the EU, Switzerland and Liechtenstein can now come into force.
Following the agreement of the member states, the European Parliament has now also given its blessing to the settlement, representing the conclusion of a multistage ratification process. This means that Swiss cheeses such as Valais Raclette and Sbrinz and also Bündnerfleisch meat or St. Galler veal sausage will also be protected by the EU as regional specialities in the future. In return, the Swiss will have to ensure that no fake Black Forest ham or Parmigiano Reggiano cheese is in circulation on the Swiss market.
Basically, this concerns all geographical designations which existed before 15 September 2009. These include roughly 800 names registered in the EU and about 20 registered in Switzerland.
Source: afz – allgemeine fleischer zeitung 38/2011