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CCFN Commends U.S. Denunciations of EU’s Geographical Indications Abuses; Calls for Binding Commitments from U.S. Trading Partners

The United States this week rebuked the European Union for its abuses on geographical indications (GI) policies, describing the adverse impact on U.S. companies’ access to EU and other markets when the EU claims sole rights to use generic food names like “parmesan” and “feta”. In its annual Special 301 intellectual property report, the U.S. […]Read More »


U.S. Dairy Industry Faces Billion-Dollar Losses If EU’s GI Schemes Proliferate

The U.S. dairy industry – and the U.S. economy – could be hit with $9.5 billion to $20 billion in revenue losses if the European Union (EU) is successful in expanding restrictions on the use of generic terms like parmesan, asiago, feta and others, according to a new study conducted by Informa Agribusiness Consulting, commissioned by CCFN and the U.S. Dairy Export Council. The study, which provides timely information in light of U.S.-EU trade negotiations, examines the potential impact the EU’s aggressive geographical indications (GI) agenda would have if imposed on a broad variety of U.S. cheeses and markets. Read More »

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Common Names and Non-EU Producers Once Again Shine in World Cheese Awards

Once again cheese producers from around the world – many of whom use common names on their cheeses – demonstrated the quality of their products at the World Cheese Awards, one of the most prestigious annual food competitions, which featured 3,500 cheeses from six continents, and was held in November in Bergen, Norway. Read More »

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Resources on Generic Products:

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