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USMCA Secures Groundbreaking Protections for Common Food Names

Washington, D.C. – The Consortium for Common Food Names (CCFN) applauds the activation of groundbreaking protections for common food names as the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA) enters into force today. These protections will more effectively combat the European Union’s (EU) efforts to seize exclusive use of common food and wine terms in the critical Mexican […]Read More »

China Working to Fulfill Phase One Commitments with CCFN Guidance

In its Phase One deal with the U.S., China made critical commitments to lay out indicators of generic status and mandate greater clarity regarding the scope of protection for multi-term geographical indications (GIs). CCFN recently submitted comments to the Chinese government to help ensure it fulfills these commitments by advising on the development of its […]Read More »

CCFN Files Comments with USTR on Kenya

CCFN is urging the U.S. government to take full advantage of the opportunity presented by upcoming trade negotiations with Kenya to build upon the advances made in USMCA, contain the EU’s aggressive misuse of geographical indications (GIs) to erect market access barriers and establish a precedent in sub-Saharan African regarding safeguards for the free use […]Read More »

U.S. Government Denounces EU Abuse of GI Protections in Special 301 Report

The U.S. Trade Representative’s (USTR) annual Special 301 Report on global intellectual property protection and enforcement included a (dis)honorable mention of the European Union’s (EU) ongoing abuse of geographical indications (GIs) protections to prevent the trade of common name products. Prior to the report, CCFN filed extensive comments to USTR outlining the EU’s government-driven effort […]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

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This Doesn't Make Sense:

All parmesan cheese must come from Italy

image description We fully support efforts by the Consortium to protect the right to continue marketing… products using the common names by which they’ve always been known. image description — American Meat Institute