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Mexico Fails its Consumers, Trading Partners by Giving Away Common Cheese Names in EU Deal on Geographical Indications

Joint release with U.S. dairy organizations NMPF and USDEC — 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 European Union […]Read More »

Japan Rejects EU Attempts To Confiscate Many Generic Names

CCFN welcomed the Japanese government’s decision in December to assure the continued general use for many generic food terms as part of its trade agreement with the European Union (EU) – especially highly contested terms such as “parmesan” and “romano”, even as CCFN seeks further assurances on several common terms still at risk. Japan has […]Read More »

CCFN Engages Closely with China on GIs

CCFN Executive Director Jaime Castaneda traveled to China in January with the President and CEO of the U.S. Dairy Export Council to meet with Chinese Ministry of Commerce officials on GI issues. Castaneda commended China on its efforts to balance GI protections with the preservation of common food terms, and highlighted specific areas of concern. […]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