Ramiro Pérez Zarco, Executive Director, Asociación de Desarrollo Lácteo de Guatemala (ASODEL)
“Many of the types of cheeses sold in Guatemala and Central America were introduced to the market by our industries. It’s simply unjust that European industries that have never had a presence in these markets now claim our work and seek to exclude us based on principles established by them.”
Everyone should have the right to use common names in marketing well-known, favorite foods.
But that right is under threat. We oppose attempts to monopolize generic names, and seek to foster the adoption of an appropriate, international model for protecting both legitimate geographical indications (GIs) and generic food names.
Fostering Workable GI Guidelines
“Our ultimate goal is to foster the adoption of model GI guidelines throughout the world, which we think is achievable and can be workable for specialty producers.”
…and Supports Objections filed by U.S. Wine Institute… The Consortium for Common Food Names (CCFN) today filed objections with the Chinese government regarding several specific cheese and meat names that the European Union (EU) is seeking to protect as part of a bilateral agreement with China. “These generic terms are not new names or products in […]Read More »
The Consortium for Common Food Names (CCFN) is working to ensure that generic names for certain cheeses, meats, wines and other foods can remain in use in Japan by filing objections to inclusion of such terms on a proposed list of protected geographical indications (GIs) in the Japan-European Union free trade agreement. CCFN commended Japan […]Read More »
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 »
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 »
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.
— The American Cheese Society
The Canada-EU Trade Agreement could be activated as early as June, even though the provisions in the agreement remain murky regarding how to treat potential new packaging and naming restrictions. It remains unclear how companies can ensure compliance with new limits on generic terms of feta, asiago, gorgonzola, fontina and muenster and related imagery on packages of those products. Read more
CCFN will participate in WIPO’s Worldwide Symposium on Geographical Indications, WIPO’s flagship biennial event on GIs, in Yangzhou, China, June 29 to July 1. Read more
EC Grants Croatia Controversial Wine Exemption … Last month the European Commission announced that Croatian vintners can use the word “teran” on some of their wine labels, even though the name formally belongs to Slovenia as a Protected Designation of Origin (PDO) registered in the EU. Read more
Profiles of the heroes who protect and promote common food names
As with other Central American countries, Guatemala has a deep cultural and culinary appreciation for cheese, as well as an economic interest in the growth of the nation’s dairy industry. Guatemalan companies produce fresh cheeses, as well as semi-soft and hard cheeses such as gouda, parmesan, muenster, mozzarella, provolone, ementhal, cheddar, and many other varieties.