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Japan Rejects EU Attempts To Confiscate Many Generic Names

CCFN welcomed the Japanese government’s decision in December to assure the continued general use for many generic food terms as part of its trade agreement with the European Union (EU) – especially highly contested terms such as “parmesan” and “romano”, even as CCFN seeks further assurances on several common terms still at risk. Japan has […]Read More »

CCFN Engages Closely with China on GIs

CCFN Executive Director Jaime Castaneda traveled to China in January with the President and CEO of the U.S. Dairy Export Council to meet with Chinese Ministry of Commerce officials on GI issues. Castaneda commended China on its efforts to balance GI protections with the preservation of common food terms, and highlighted specific areas of concern. […]Read More »

NAFTA, Mexico-EU and Mercosur-EU Trade Deals Still in Process

Three of the largest trade deals currently in the works – each with potential impact on geographical indications – are the renegotiation of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) and the EU’s negotiations with Mexico, and with the Mercosur bloc (Argentina, Brazil, Paraguay and Uruguay). The deals all remain active, but with their outcomes […]Read More »

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This Makes Sense

This Makes Sense:

Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese must come from Italy's Parma region

This Doesn’t Make Sense

This Doesn't Make Sense:

All parmesan cheese must come from Italy

image description As we work to introduce more people around the world to our great cheeses, we need to make sure that names with a long history of widespread usage remain open to us. image description — Agri-Mark