French Gruyere Recognized by EU
Last Friday, the European commission ruled France is officially allowed to call their Gruyere-like cheese "Gruyere." Swiss Gruyere is still protected by the EU's regional trading name system, since French Gruyere has different standards of appearance, and must be labeled as French.
French Gruyere, however, must contain holes "between the size of a pea and a cherry," and identify on its packaging that it is of French origin.
Australia, New Zealand and the United States objected to the recognition of French Gruyere as a distinct product.