Europe wants to monopolize certain terms to unfairly stifle competition.

Common food and wine terms – like asiago, bologna or chateau – are used on thousands of products around the world to accurately guide consumers to foods they know and love.

This Makes Sense:

Parmigiano-Reggiano must come from Italy’s Parma region.

This Doesn't Make Sense:

All parmesan cheese must come from Italy.

Tell Congress to Protect Common Food and Beverage Names

Understanding Geographical Indications Rules

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The EU is aggressively working to restrict your ability to use common food names.

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March 11, 2024

ARLINGTON, VA – The World Championship Cheese Contest awarded U.S. cheesemakers with an impressive 84 Best in Class finishes in Madison, Wisconsin – a stellar result for the United States. A total of 25 countries participated in this year’s competition, including Italy, the Netherlands and France. The complete list of winning cheeses can be found here. […]

February 22, 2024

ARLINGTON, VA – Consortium for Common Food Names (CCFN) executive director Jaime Castaneda testified yesterday before U.S. Trade Representative (USTR) trade policy staff on the need for the U.S. government to proactively secure protections from trading partners that guarantee the right of producers to use common food and beverage names, such as “parmesan” or “feta.” […]

June 2, 2023

The National Milk Producers Federation (NMPF), U.S. Dairy Export Council (USDEC), Consortium for Common Food Names (CCFN) and allied organizations commend today’s introduction of the Safeguarding American Value-Added Exports (SAVE) Act to promote the protection of common names in the 2023 Farm Bill.