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USMCA Breaks New Ground with Better GI Policy as Defending Common Names Becomes a U.S. Priority

Companies in North America that produce foods that bear generic names are praising the U.S. government for the seminal language included in the new U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA) regarding geographical indications (GI) policy and the protection of common food names. “USMCA marks a sea change in GI policy, recognizing the equal importance of the protection of […]Read More »

U.S. Agriculture Secretary and CCFN Share Podium at Argentina G20 GI Event

U.S. Agriculture Secretary and CCFN Share Podium at Argentina G20 GI Event

In conjunction with the G20 Summit in Argentina in July, CCFN participated in an event hosted by the U.S. Department of Agriculture Foreign Agriculture Service (FAS), to highlight the abuse of geographical indications policies. The event, which took place at the U.S. Ambassador’s residence, featured remarks by U.S. Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue and CCFN Executive Director Jaime Castaneda. Read More »

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European Commission Agrees That “Emmental” is Generic

CCFN is awaiting a decision from the European Intellectual Property Office (EUIPO) on a request from Emmentaler Switzerland to trademark the term “emmental”, but we have received a positive sign from the European Commission, which has agreed that the term is generic.Read More »


CCFN Briefs Agricultural Attachés on GI Issues

CCFN staff sat down this summer with agricultural attachés from Japan, Philippines, Brazil, Chile, Central America and the European Union (Brussels) at the U.S. Agricultural Export Development Council’s 2018 Attaché Consultations in Arlington, Virginia.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 There are now 290 [wine] terms that are protected. Other sectors are right to be concerned about how the EU’s approach will ultimately impact them as well. image description — Wine Institute