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South Africa Concedes to EU Demands on GIs

South Africa appears to be bypassing intellectual property evaluation to allow a substantial list of GIs protection within South Africa as part of the nation’s economic partnership agreement with the EU, concluded July 22. The list includes such common names as “feta”, “asiago”, “fontina” and “gorgonzola”. CCFN sent a letter to South African Ambassador Rasool expressing concern about the agreement.Read more

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Strong Language in Washington, D.C., Supporting CCFN Efforts

There is continued strong language from leaders in Washington, D.C., in support of protecting common food names, particularly in the context of the EU-U.S. negotiations on the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP). CCFN has worked hard to make sure members’ concerns continue to be heard. Read more

U.S. Congress Demands That U.S. Defend Common Food Names and Reject EU’s Aggressive Abuse of Geographical Indications

Today, 177 members of the U.S. House of Representatives joined the call for U.S. negotiators to push back on the European Union’s (EU) efforts to hamper U.S.  production and exports by confiscating common food names, an abuse of the geographical indications (GIs) program. The House echoes similar statements made recently by U.S. Senators on the […]Read more

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U.S. Senate Moves To Protect Bratwurst and Bologna From EU Over-Reach on Geographical Indications

The U.S. Senate is keeping up the pressure on the European Union (EU) to not hamper U.S. production and exports through the appropriation of common food names. This time the focus is on commonly used meat names, such as “bologna” and “black forest ham”. In a letter to U.S. Trade Representative Michael Froman and Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack, the senators urged them to defend common names, especially in negotiations with the EU on the Trans-Atlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP).Read more

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image description The International Dairy Foods Association is pleased to join the Consortium and is committed to defending the global marketability of commonly named dairy products. image description — The International Dairy Foods Association