Cheese Reporter, 12-30-2016
Pretoria, South Africa—Dr. Rob Davies, South Africa’s minister of trade and industry, has published a final notice listing the names of numerous cheese and other food and beverage products that South Africa will protect, under an Economic Partnership Agreement with the EU, on the basis of their geographical indications (GIs).

Among the cheeses on the list are Asiago, Fontina, Gorgonzola, Parmigiano Reggiano, Mozzarella di Bufala Campana, Provolone Valpadana and Taleggio from Italy; Feta and Kasseri from Greece; Brie de Meaux, Camembert de Normandie, Emmental de Savoie, Roquefort and Reblochon/ Reblochon de Savoie from France; Edam Holland and Gouda Holland from the Netherlands; Queso Manchego and Mahon-Menorca from Spain; and White Stilton and Blue Stilton from the UK.

According to the notice, these and other names listed may only be used to refer to products which are produced in accordance with the conditions for each category of goods as set out in EU regulations.

Proprietors of prior identical or similar marks already in use in South Africa will not be affected.

US cheese exports to South Africa in recent years have ranged from 192,152 pounds in 2014 to 3.6 million pounds in 2012.