Parma Drama May03
Local Euro MP, Bashir Khanbhai, has condemned the European Court of
Justice ruling that prevents Asda stores in the UK from selling Parma Ham
that has been sliced and packaged in the UK.
The case brought against Asda by a consortium of Italian Parma Ham
producers will mean that despite the ham being bought from the Parma
region in Italy, it will not be allowed to be sold as 'Parma ham' as it
has been sliced and packaged elsewhere.
The judge acknowledged that the move would amount to a breach of
the EU rules on the free movement of goods, but decided to make an
exception in this case.
Speaking from Brussels, Bashir Khanbhai MEP said:
case is not about protecting a Product of Domestic Origin as the ham in
question originates from the Parma region. The fact that it is sliced and
packaged in the UK makes no difference to its authenticity.
the EU could make such a pig's ear of its packaging policy."