Originally Posted by Mad Cook
As I've just been picked up for inaccuracy - I'm sure you mean "Parmesan-style" cheese can come from other places.
You live in the EU, so for you that is true.
From Parmesan - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
"Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese must satisfy very specific requirements in order to be marketed and sold under that name and its flavor can't be compared by any other product whose name might remotely remind you of it; there are no such requirements for Parmesan (in most markets).
Within the European Union
,however the name "Parmesan" by law may only be used to describe Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese; no other jurisdictions are known to have such legal restrictions.
"Therefore, in the European Union, the word "Parmesan" legally serves as a synonym for "Parmigiano-Reggiano" and always follows its strict requirements, among wich is the geographical provenience: Parma, Reggio Emilia, Modena, partially Bologna and Mantova. Outside of the European Union, "Parmesan" is a broad category of cheese
that tastes similar to Parmigiano-Reggiano, and indeed Parmesan could only be described as a poor imitation of Parmigiano-Reggiano." [emphasis mine]