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Spain's star ham fights for greater prestige

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The exquisite cured ham called Jamon Iberico made from distinctive Iberian black pigs, is the star of Spanish cuisine, but the economic downturn gripping Spain has hurt domestic sales and producers are looking to boost their fortunes abroad. 

Iberian black pigs are herded near Santa Teresa on May 7, 2013. The exquisite cured ham called Jamon Iberico made from distinctive Iberian black pigs, is the star of Spanish cuisine, but the economic downturn gripping Spain has hurt domestic sales and producers are looking to boost their fortunes abroad.

To help market the product overseas, they want to tighten the rules regarding what can officially be labelled as a top-end ham made from Iberian black pigs -- which are indigenous to Spain -- to distinguish them from less expensive hams made from lower quality pork from white pigs.

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