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Cheesemakers keep eye on EU trade deal
Havarti, Muenster among cheese names at issue MONROE - The push by European Union countries to make certain cheese names exclusive to the country of their origin has stagnated as trade deals have been pushed off until spring, but area cheesemakers are still fighting to keep their cheese names. Steve Stettler, master cheesemaker at Decatur Dairy Incorporated, said the transatlantic trade deal has such worldwide impact that it moves slowly, but it definitely is not going away. "Some countries have caved in and maybe they're (the EU) happy and pacified them for the moment ... but we are still looking at what we can do to protect our names," Stettler said.