Why there ain’t no such thing as Kobe beef or wagyu beef in this country, but there is such a thing as customers getting scammed.
Via Ace of Spades.
I’d feel happy about this, except that Obama was eating a lot of fake “Kobe” beef with my good money.
To a certain extent, I sympathize with the traditional American use of food names as somewhat generic. If somebody says you’re drinking champagne, of course it’s not from Champagne unless it’s labeled as French champagne. Budweiser from the US doesn’t have to be Budweiser from Prague. I’m not going to give up Parmesan cheese just because it’s not Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese.
Also, EU food regulations have often acted to strangle several regional food traditions about how to make X food, in favor of the one region that did a lot of paperwork and spent money. There are huge numbers of sausage varieties in Europe that the EU food regulations have attempted to make illegal, for example. I hate to think what they’d do to Cincinnati bratwurst if they had a chance, much less the Wisconsin kind. And it would be horrible to declare there was only one legal variety of chili.
But OTOH, it’s pretty clear that people are paying the big bucks to get a specific style of beef from specific cattle from Kobe, and they’re not getting that. It’s a scam.
UPDATE: Okay, maybe it’s not a scam so much as incomplete info needing better marketing….
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