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U.S. Issues Strong Statements on EU’s Geographical Indications Abuses, But CCFN Says More Action is Needed Now

In its annual intellectual property report released Friday, the U.S. Trade Representative’s Office repeated its serious concerns regarding the European Union’s (EU) “aggressive promotion of its exclusionary geographical indications (GIs) policies” and called on U.S. trading partners to respect generic food and beverage names. The Consortium for Common Food Names (CCFN) applauded the strong wording […]Read More »

Mexico Fails its Consumers, Trading Partners by Giving Away Common Cheese Names in EU Deal on Geographical Indications

Joint release with U.S. dairy organizations NMPF and USDEC — Mexico appears poised to enact new restrictions on the use of common cheese names such as “parmesan,” “munster” and “feta” for products sold in Mexico, a development that runs counter to existing trade agreements with the United States, according to preliminary reports on the European Union […]Read More »

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 »

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This Makes Sense:

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

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All parmesan cheese must come from Italy

image description Many of the cheese names we use have become protected GIs in Europe, despite the fact that these names were established here for more than a century as generic names… image description — Argentine Dairy Industry Federation