Joint statement on the importance of fair GI policies, protecting common names. Read More
Everyone should have the right to use common names in marketing well-known, favorite foods.
But that right is under threat. We oppose attempts to monopolize generic names, and seek to foster the adoption of an appropriate, international model for protecting both legitimate geographical indications (GIs) and generic food names.
Fostering Workable GI Guidelines
“Our ultimate goal is to foster the adoption of model GI guidelines throughout the world, which we think is achievable and can be workable for specialty producers.”
In an aggressive new push by the European Union (EU) on geographical indications (GIs), the EU today tossed overboard its commitment to international standards by confirming its approval in today’s EU Official Journal a new GI that grants Denmark sole use of a common cheese name: “danbo”. Unlike other GI registrations, “danbo” already holds the […]Read More »
…Mozzarella, Feta, Bologna and Salami Among Generic Terms at Risk… The Consortium for Common Food Names (CCFN) this week insisted that Mexico and Japan protect the interests of its consumers and producers, and maintain a competitive marketplace, by striking several generic names from the lists of geographical indications (GIs) for which the European Union is seeking […]Read More »
In a letter sent today to President Donald Trump, U.S. food industry groups representing farmers and food manufacturers across several sectors urged the United States to immediately impress upon Japan, Mexico and the Mercosur nations that the lists of geographical indications (GIs) they are considering for approval with the European Union (EU) – or will […]Read More »
Any new negotiations on the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) should include specific due process provisions on geographical indications (GIs) and should safeguard common food and beverage names, in continuation of existing U.S. priorities on the escalating issue of the role of GIs in global food and agricultural trade. That’s the message sent by […]Read More »
For over 60 years, our producers and processors have used generic names to describe various types of cheese such as edam, cheddar, gouda, emmenthal and parmesan.
— National Chamber of Milk Producers of Costa Rica
Greeks Move to Protect “Greek Yogurt” – According to media reports, Greece’s Ministry of Agriculture is setting up a working group to prepare an application for a Protected Designation Origin (PDO) for “Greek Yogurt” within the EU’s geographical indication system. Read more
EU seeks protection for 906 new GIs at once in Australia – In early summer the European Union filed an application in Australia seeking the determination of more than 900 wine geographical indications. Some names are very familiar and might be considered generic in Australia, such as “Port”, “Sherry”, “Chianti”, and “Chablis grand cru”. Read more
New Zealand Anticipates EU Negotiations – The New Zealand agricultural community will be watching carefully any discussions of GI protections included in a New Zealand-EU free trade agreement. Fonterra director of global stakeholder affairs Philip Turner says the dairy industry wants New Zealand to take a stand on GIs in upcoming talks. Read more
New Zealand GI Program: New Zealand also just launched its own GI program for wine and spirits, which the government says will help to differentiate New Zealand brands locally and overseas. Wine is a key export for the New Zealand economy. Read more
Profiles of the heroes who protect and promote common food names
As with other Central American countries, Guatemala has a deep cultural and culinary appreciation for cheese, as well as an economic interest in the growth of the nation’s dairy industry. Guatemalan companies produce fresh cheeses, as well as semi-soft and hard cheeses such as gouda, parmesan, muenster, mozzarella, provolone, ementhal, cheddar, and many other varieties.