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EU Spoils 10-Year Anniversary of Final Codex Cheese Standards by Turning Its Back on Them: New GI Approved for Generic Name

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 »

CCFN Urges Mexico and Japan to Reject EU Attempts to Confiscate Generic Meat, Cheese, Wine Names on EU’s GI Lists

…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 »

U.S. Food Producers, Manufacturers Urge President Trump to Voice Serious Concerns to Japan, Mexico over EU Geographical Indications Lists

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 »

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 »

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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 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. image description — National Chamber of Milk Producers of Costa Rica