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U.S. Consumers Benefit as CCFN and Allies Successfully Defend Generic Name “Gruyere” in the United States

August 5, 2020 ARLINGTON, VA – The Consortium for Common Food Names (CCFN) and a coalition of other U.S. dairy stakeholders prevailed today in their vigorous opposition to lengthy efforts by French and Swiss gruyere associations to trademark the term “gruyere” in the United States.  The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office’s (USPTO) Trademark Trial and […]Read More »

U.S. Agriculture Praises Senate Letter Urging Administration to Make Greater Strides to Protect Common Food and Wine Terms

ARLINGTON, VA – A diverse range of farm and agricultural industries is praising a bipartisan Senate letter sent today to U.S. Trade Representative (USTR) Robert Lighthizer and U.S. Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue urging stronger international safeguards to protect U.S. exporters using common food and wine terms. Sens. John Thune (R-SD), Debbie Stabenow (D-MI), Thom Tillis […]Read More »

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 »

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Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese must come from Italy's Parma region

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All parmesan cheese must come from Italy

image description The Farm Bureau supports the continued use of the common names by which our food products have long been known. image description — American Farm Bureau Federation