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U.S. Mulls NAFTA Modernization; CCFN Calls for GI Provisions

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 »

CCFN at WIPO Biannual Symposium: More Dialogue Needed To Safeguard Common Names

In too many countries, current geographical indications (GI) policies are often woefully lacking in safeguards for common food and beverage names, creating an increasingly disruptive situation in global trade that unfairly favors some producers over others. But an equitable approach is wholly achievable and should be pursued immediately. That was the message of 5 Ambassador […]Read More »

CCFN Also Mounting Defense for Names on Japan-EU GI List

CCFN is working to ensure that generic names for certain cheeses, meats, wines and other foods can remain in use in Japan by filing objections to inclusion of such terms on a proposed list of protected geographical indications (GIs) in the Japan-European Union free trade agreement. CCFN commended Japan for publishing the list for comment, […]Read More »

CCFN To Defend Common Names on Proposed Mexican-EU GI List

Mexico has posted for comment by October 9 a proposed list of GIs that would be protected within its EU free trade agreement process. As reported in the last CCFN ALERT, we have worked diligently with the Mexican government and companies within Mexico to seek to safeguard the use of common names and push for […]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 Third-country winemakers exporting to the EU can no longer include on their labels words such as ‘noble’, ‘classic’, ‘cream’, ‘superior’, ‘vintage’, ‘fine’, ‘ruby’, ‘chateau’ and ‘clos’ unless they engage in a complex application process. image description — Wine Institute