Who cut the cheese? The European Union, according to U. S. Senator Chris Murphy who’s visiting Sankow’s Beaver Brook Farm in Lyme on Tuesday to host the Connecticut Cheese Challenge to highlight protecting  Connecticut dairy farmers and producers from an “absurd European initiative that would change the common names for cheeses Americans enjoy every day.”

The European Union, an economic and political power of 28 countries, claims that dairy products featuring names such as asiago, feta, parmesan, and muenster are “geographical indicators” and can only be appropriately displayed on products made in certain areas of Europe.

Murphy, Chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Subcommittee on European Affairs, recently joined his Senate colleagues to urge the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) and the United States Trade Representative (USTR) to fight European Union (EU) efforts to prohibit American dairy producers from using dozens of common cheese names.

According to Murphy, during the Connecticut Cheese Challenge participants will taste two cheeses with the same name and try to identify which cheese is from Connecticut and which is not. Murphy will be joined at the event by local farmers and cheese consumers in the area. This event is open to the public. So, grab a hunk at the cheese challenge, 2:45 p.m., Sankow’s Beaver Brook Farm, 139 Beaver Brook Road, Lyme, CT.

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