Previously, only Swiss Gruyere was protected by the European Union's regional trading name system, Radio France Internationale reported.
"The European Commission proposal to register the denomination 'Gruyere' as a protected geographical indicator has been approved" by an EU committee of experts, EU farming commission spokesman Roger Waite said.
French Gruyere, however, must contain holes "between the size of a pea and a cherry," and identify on its packaging that it is of French origin.
Australia, New Zealand and the United States objected to the recognition of French Gruyere as a distinct product.
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