The president of the Association of Lebanese Industrialists Fadi Abboud has said he is preparing to submit an international lawsuit against Israel for allegedly "taking the identity of some Lebanese foods, such as falafel, tabouleh and hummus” and violating a food copyright, the local press reported on Monday.
In an interview with alarabiya.net on Sunday, Abboud said the Lebanese people were losing "tens of millions of dollars annually" because Israel is selling and marketing traditional Lebanese dishes.
"We are working on registering all the foods and ingredients which will be submitted to the Lebanese government so it can appeal to the international courts against Israel," Abboud said.
Abboud also said he prepared a memo based on the case of the Greek "feta cheese precedent" that occurred in 2002.
At the time, Greece managed to prove to international institutions that it was the "originator" of feta cheese and won the case.
According to Abboud, while Lebanon never registered the names and ingredients of its own delicacies, "it can refer to the Greece precedent since these foods are historically known as traditional Lebanese foods.
"By doing so, we are preventing Israel from stealing our main food trademarks and selling them around the world," Abboud concluded.