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Cheesemakers protest trade deal
An employee at Decatur Dairy flips long forms of Muenster cheese inside the factory Thursday, Feb. 27, in Brodhead. (Times photo: Anthony Wahl)
MONROE - The lengthy debate over changing cheese names could become even lengthier as Wisconsin cheesemakers push Congress to stop a free trade agreement that would outlaw the use of names like Muenster or Havarti in the U.S. Ron Buholzer, president of Klondike Cheese Company, took a trip to Washington D.C. this February to talk with Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack and send out letters to congressmen to stop a European Union trade deal that could force cheesemakers to change the name of some of their signature cheeses. "What the EU is doing is coming at us from several directions," Buholzer said. "It's not going to be an easily solved issue."