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Europe Won’t Own “Parmesan” and “Bologna” in Japan: Japan Rejects EU Attempts To Confiscate Many Generic Names

The Consortium for Common Food Names (CCFN) welcomes the Japanese government’s decision to assure the continued general use for many generic food terms as part of its trade agreement with the European Union (EU), especially highly contested terms such as “parmesan” and “romano”, even as CCFN seeks further assurances on several common terms still at […]Read More »

Mercosur Governments Must Rebuff EU’s Efforts at Economic Colonialism, Stand with Local Producers and Trade Partners To Protect Common Food Names

Protecting Common Names like Parmesan, Chorizo, and Wine Terms Must Be a Priority….  Argentina, Brazil, Uruguay and Paraguay must protect the interests of their local food producers and respect current international standards by rebuffing European Union (EU) efforts to confiscate common food and beverage names. This was the message sent to the Mercosur nations yesterday by […]Read More »

Pan American Dairy Federation Issues Resolution Condemning EU’s Aggressive GI Practices

CCFN worked with the Pan American Dairy Federation (FEPALE) last week to safeguard the interests of common food name users across the Latin American region. Those efforts resulted in a strong resolution rejecting the EU’s aggressive stance regarding the treatment of geographical indications (GIs), a topic of increasing relevance across major Latin American markets as […]Read More »

EU Spoils 10-Year Anniversary of Final Codex Cheese Standards by Turning Its Back on Them: New GI Approved for Generic Name

In an aggressive new push by the European Union (EU) on geographical indications (GIs), the EU today tossed overboard its commitment to international standards by confirming its approval in today’s EU Official Journal a new GI that grants Denmark sole use of a common cheese name: “danbo”. Unlike other GI registrations, “danbo” already holds the […]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