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Sausage row nearing end

Austria and Slovenia are set to compromise in their battle over the Käsekrainer sausage after Slovenia launched a bid to protect the name of their favourite sausage earlier this year it has been reported today.

Slovenia had aimed to get a type of sausage named after the region of Kranjska granted protected geographical status under EU law, but Austria objected this bid as Austrians proudly call this favourite by its German name Käsekrainer.

Known as the kranjska klobasa in Slovenian, officials claim it was invented in North Slovenia in the Krain region.

The Austrian Chamber of Commerce reacted angrily to the application by Slovenia – saying that the loss of the Käsekrainer will be a loss for the gastronomy scene in Austria and for the country's cultural heritage.

But now it appears Austria’s Minister for Agriculture Nikolaus Berlakovich and his Slovene colleague Franc Bogovic have allegedly come to a compromise which will allow ‘Käsekrainers’ a cheese filled pork sausage to be sold in Austria, but Slovenia will still fight against the right to use ‘Krainer Wurst’ which the Slovenian claims is just a translation from the traditional Slovenian name of Kranjska klobasa.

In an earlier statement by the Austrian Chamber of Commerce they claimed that renaming the sausage so that it can continue to be sold would be almost impossible and they claim that in any case it was invented in Austria in the 1980s.

The statement added: "The sausage stands of Vienna are a classic trademark of the city and the Käsekrainer is a vital ingredient of the selection that they offer. It would be like simply removing Wiener Schnitzel off the menu of Viennese restaurants. Even if you called it something else what would be the point?"

They added that removing it from the offering of the sausage stands would be an enormous financial cost, and that there are enough real problems for the small business owners to deal with without this added problem.

Vienna Times






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