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China-EU agreement signed for the protection of food excellence

100 products of 'inimitable' excellence

Agreement signed for the protection of food excellence between China and the European Union. It was time for the EU to ask the Republic of China for tangible progress in relations with the Western power. Today a list of 100 "inimitable" products and foods of excellence has been drawn up in every part of the world. A first step judged positively by Europeans as it represents the mutual commitment undertaken in previous bilateral summits to adhere to international standards as a basis for trade relations.

In the list of one hundred inimitable brands, there are also 26 Italian and 25 French excellences. The 'made in Italy' therefore represents a quarter of the food heritage that China chooses to protect within its national borders. These include asiago, gorgonzola, grana padano, pecorino romano and buffalo mozzarella from Campania, Parma ham, bresaola, Bardolino, Barbera, Franciacorta and Chianti.

Janusz Wojciechowski , Commissioner for Agriculture said: "Products with European geographical indications are renowned for their quality and diversity, it is important to protect them at European and global level to guarantee their authenticity and preserve their reputation". this agreement will help to do so, while strengthening our trade relations, to the benefit of our agri-food sector and consumers on both sides. "

For its part, the People's Republic has also managed to impose on the European Union market a list of 100 "Made in China" products that cannot be imitated in any way and will enjoy total protection against plagiarism and fraud. These include rice, coffee, tea, spices, fruit and vegetables.

Before the agreement can enter into force it must be approved by the European Parliament and then officially adopted by the Council. It is hoped that the agreement can be activated by the beginning of 2021.

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