Italy ready to sue Slovenia over balsamic vinegar

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 Italy ready to sue Slovenia over balsamic vinegar

The Italian government is initiating legal action against Slovenia in an attempt to protect the authenticity of the famous balsamic vinegar sauce.

According to The Guardian, the dispute between the two countries dates back to the past year. Slovenia has notified the European Commission of plans to “standardize” vinegar production. This essentially means that Slovenia will be able to sell any wine vinegar mixed with concentrated fruit juice or must as “balsamic vinegar”.

However, the term “aceto balsamico di Modena” – “balsamic vinegar from Modena” can only be used by producers in Modena and the Emilia-Romagna region.

In Italy, Slovenia's actions are considered a threat to traditions and to a market worth about 1 billion euros.

It is not yet known what the outcome of the trial will be. In 2019, balsamic vinegar producers in Italy lost a lawsuit against a German company. The fact was that in Germany they used the names "aceto" or "aceto balsamico" to sell their vinegar products.

German businesses labeled their products with the terms "balsamico" and "Deutscher balsamico". The court ruled that the name "aceto" is common, and the adjective "balsamico" commonly used to refer to bittersweet vinegar. Thus, although the brand name “aceto balsamico di Modena” can only be used by producers within a certain geographical area, this rule does not apply to the names "aceto balsamico".

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