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More Dialogue Needed on Safeguarding Common Food Names in Geographical Indications (GI) Policies

Current geographical indications (GI) policies are often woefully lacking in safeguards for common food and beverage names, creating an increasingly disruptive situation in global trade that unfairly favors some producers over others; but an equitable approach is wholly achievable and should be pursued immediately. That was the message of Ambassador Allen Johnson, President of Allen […]Read More »

NAFTA Modernization Must Include Provisions on Geographical Indications That Safeguard Common Names for Cheese, Meat, Wine and Other Foods

Any new negotiations on the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) should include specific due process provisions on geographical indications (GIs) and should safeguard common food and beverage names, in continuation of existing U.S. priorities on the escalating issue of the role of GIs in global food and agricultural trade. That’s the message sent by […]Read More »

CCFN Participates in WIPO Listening Session on GIs; Hosts Side Seminar in Geneva

This spring CCFN participated in a formal information session in Geneva of the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO), the United Nations agency dealing with intellectual property protection worldwide. Despite efforts by GI proponents to silence those defending common names, CCFN was invited by WIPO to speak at the GI information session, held in conjunction with […]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 Many commonly used names for American cheeses have deep roots in European history, but American cheesemakers have contribut[ed] greatly to their popularity around the world. image description — The American Cheese Society