Food Wars: Who Owns Hummus?

Hummus Fadi Abboud, president of the Lebanese Industrialists Association, is accusing Israel of stealing traditionally Middle Eastern dishes like hummus. He plans to file a lawsuit to stop Israel from marketing hummus and other dishes as Israeli.

Abboud says the lawsuit will be based on a 2002 precedent wherein Greece won exclusive rights to use the name feta in the European Union after a long court case over he cheese with Denmark.

Hummus war looms between Lebanon and Israel [International Herald Tribune]

 


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