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Mexico Fails its Consumers, Trading Partners by Giving Away Common Names in EU Deal

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 EU-Mexico free trade agreement. Full details of the agreement have not […]Read More »

Non EU-Nations Take the Gold on Parmesan, Feta, Asiago and Other Cheeses

Extraordinary common-name cheeses battled for gold at the 2018 World Championship Cheese Contest in Madison, Wisconsin, in March. Initiated in 1957, this is reportedly the largest technical cheese, butter, and yogurt competition in the world. A team of 56 internationally renowned judges rated more than 3,400 cheeses from 26 nations at the 2018 competition, and […]Read More »

Victories for “Romano” in U.S. and “Gorgonzola” in Canada

The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) made clear in April that the terms “pecorino” and “romano” (separately) remain generic in the United States. The USPTO granted to the Italian Pecorino Romano Consortium registration of the trademark “Pecorino Romano” (both terms used together with protection not extending to the terms when used separately). CCFN pushed […]Read More »

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 »

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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

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