WEBSTERVILLE, Vt. – Vermont cheese makers are worried that they might not be able to name their cheeses what they want anymore.
European negotiators working on a new trade agreement with the United States would like certain cheese names derived in Europe, such as Muenster and Feta, to only be used if the cheese is manufactured from that area.
Meaning the feta you buy from Vermont Creamery owner Allison Hooper wouldn’t be allowed to carry the name any longer.
“For us to have to change the name from feta to feta-style is unfortunate,” Hooper said.
Vermont Congressman Peter Welch is leading a cohort of U.S. representatives to make sure that doesn’t happen. He’s signed a letter to U.S. negotiators letting Europeans know that the name change is a non-starter.
“We’ve got to make sure we don't give away our right to sell our cheese,” Rep. Welch said.