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Food Fight: In Cheese Wars, It's Europe vs. U.S.

There’s a lot at stake for America’s cheese makers now that Europe is demanding the rights to regional names, such as Parmesan, Gorgonzola and Feta.

What’s in a name? A lot, according to European trade officials who want American cheese makers to stop using names like Parmesan and Asiago. These are names the Europeans want to protect because they say Parmesan cheese, for instance, should come from Parma, Italy.

Don’t tell that to American cheese makers who say many of their cheeses are indeed superior to the European varieties. Wisconsin alone produces 3 billion pounds of cheese a year. Much of it is exported.

This could be the beginning of a very ugly food fight.

Below, hear Harry Smith's interview with third-generation owner and CEO of Sartori Cheese, Jim Sartori: