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Battle Over Bologna Could Impact PA Economy, Sen. Casey Says

Should Europeans tell us what we can and can't call our processed meats?

Patch file photo
Patch file photo

A battle over bologna is brewing and Pennsylvania Senator Bob Casey wants it to stop. At issue is whether the European Union can tell Americans what to call their processed meats.

As part of ongoing trade negotiations, the European Union wants to block American meat producers from calling their exported meats names with European origins, like bologna, bratwurst or black forest ham, according to information from Casey's office.

Casey (D-Pa) is one of several U.S. Senators calling on the Obama Administration to reject those attempts by the European Union. “This could hurt Pennsylvania meat producers that make products like Lebanon Bologna,” he said.

“European Union nations are attempting to assert so-called ‘geographic indicators’ that could harm a growing industry that contributes $12 billion to Pennsylvania’s economy every year and employs nearly 100,000 people,” Casey said in a statement.

In a letter to the US Department of Agriculture and the United States Trade Representative, Casey and a bipartisan group of Senators urged the Administration to reject the request.

“The Administration should reject any attempt by the European Union to undercut one of our nation’s key industries,” Casey said. “Diminishing these commonly used brand names could harm economic growth and impact a sector of Pennsylvania’s economy that supports nearly 100,000 jobs.”

Phillyboy April 07, 2014 at 10:00 AM
Heayn...your an Obamaphile . A Liberal dope who thinks Bush is to blame for all the ills of the USA. Your uneducated and a loser. The whole world sees that Obama lacks leadership . The USA is no longer feared because of your affirmative action president and his piss poor approach to foreign policy. You react like most liberals by attacking the truth which to that I say..STICK IT !
Carl Stevenson April 07, 2014 at 10:56 AM
This is the first time I've ever seen Casey take the right position on an issue.
Mari April 07, 2014 at 11:50 AM
Since when does the USA let European businesses tell us what to do... NO do not change our process. And wow, Casey is finally doing something helpful to this country.
Glenna Geiger April 07, 2014 at 12:07 PM
They should just put the word "American" in front of the name of the product.
Christopher Heayn April 13, 2014 at 07:43 AM
@Phillyboy- I'm nit going to waste my time with responses to you other then to say the following. Way to support your tripe filed argument with more nonsense. Apparently anyone with a differing opinion is an "Obamaphile", which by the way is a designation only an idiot who thinks way to highly of oneself would actually ever use. You are nothing more then a waste of space, a simple minded troll who needs to get a clue. You continue to show your ignorance on every subject when you call Obama the affirmative action president. I could be wrong, maybe you're just racist and self centered. You talk and act like a kindergartener whose only response consist of....No I'm not you are. Regardless the end result is pure tripe being spewed by you and no one actually wanting to hear you'd twisted nonsensical/delusional ideas. You might want to look into getting some help these delusions. Just get a clue for once....

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