pwa wrote:If you want to protect the geographical connection of a name you have to do it before the generic usage has become normal.
That's your opinion and you're welcome to it. No reason it has to be that way. That's like saying that because shopkeepers got away with putting loads of chalk in flour for a couple of decades, then it should be OK to describe it as "flour" forevermore — but in reality, adulteration was outlawed.
So here you go - one single producer
would be entitled to make Cheddar Cheese:https://www.cheddaronline.co.uk/
The rest would have to make 'Cheddar-Style' cheese, yes?
Or is there a radius, maybe? If so, what is that radius, and why?
I think the point you were rather dismissive of is actually well made - and nothing like the adulteration of food, by the way.