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CCFN Advises Food Companies on Protecting Common Meat, Cheese, and Wine Terms from European Efforts to Claim Their Exclusive Use

Chicago — At a well-attended seminar, the Consortium for Common Food Names advised U.S. food and beverage companies how to preserve use of common meat, cheese, and wine terms long considered generic in this and many other countries. Officials from the Department of Commerce’s U.S. Patent and Trademark Office raised awareness of the problem of […]Read More »

EU Argument over GIs Debunked in Politico Article

Clay Hough, senior group vice president and general counsel of the International Dairy Foods Association, debunked the entire European Union argument for expanding geographical indications in a recent Politico article. You can find the article, titled “The EU Tries to Grab All the Cheese,” on the publication’s website.Read More »

TTIP Proposal Reinforces Desire to Block U.S. Food Exports

Any doubts about Europe’s designs on geographical indications in the Trans-Atlantic trade talks were erased in March, when the European Commission made public its agricultural and GI negotiating proposal. The centerpiece of the proposal was a “short” list of more than 200 food terms the EU wants the U.S. government to commit to directly protect, […]Read More »

Senators Remind Negotiators of Need to Address GI Abuse in TTIP

A week before the latest negotiating session on the Trans-Atlantic free trade pact, a bipartisan group of 26 senators, consisting of majorities of the Senate Agriculture and Finance committees, reminded U.S. Trade Representative Michael Froman that Europe’s use of geographical indications as a trade barrier cannot be tolerated in a final TTIP agreement. In an […]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 Many of the cheese names we use have become protected GIs in Europe, despite the fact that these names were established here for more than a century as generic names… image description — Argentine Dairy Industry Federation