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Tuesday, September 7, 1999 Published at 13:31 GMT 14:31 UK

UK: Wales

Town claims cheese as its own

Caerphilly Cheese is once more being locally

A south Wales council is campaigning for the right for Caerphilly cheese to be made exclusively within the county.

The Welsh cheese has been made in the town for hundreds of years - but is also produced commercially in factories all over Britain.

BBC Wales's Nick Palit samples Caerphilly Cheese
But with other European towns and regions registering names such as Roquefort in France or Gorgonzola in Italy - Caerphilly Council believes their big cheese deserves the same status.

The cheese took the county name in 1831 and was made for 200 years before that.

Manufacturing stopped in the town just after World War II but continued in factories around Britain.

But now one local firm wants to claim the cheese as its own.

[ image: Other cheese makers want a slice of the market]
Other cheese makers want a slice of the market
Castle Dairies has brought cheese-making back to the town, and Caerphilly Council is seeking regional registration for the product in Europe.

Cheese makers throughout Europe have achieved regional registration for their cheeses prohibiting the products being made elsewhere.

Council leader Lindsay Whittle wants to step up the campaign by making representations to Europe and the National Assembly to support regional registration.

"If France has Roquefort, Italy has Gorgonzola, the Netherlands Edam and England has Gloucester then in Wales we should be allowed to have Caerphilly Cheese."

They hope their campaign will be backed by the National Assembly.

If successful only cheese made within the county could bear the name.

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