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CCNF Update Highlights Current Efforts Regarding Geographic Indicators and Common Food Names

Tuesday, September 15, 2015

(North American Meat Institute)

The Consortium for Common Food Names (CCFN), of which NAMI is a member, released its quarterly update containing information about current measures regarding common food names and geographic indicators-names associated with specialized foods from regions throughout the world. The update discusses the Italian Trade Commission's upcoming launch of the 'Made in Italy Campaign' in the U.S., which will use television ads, social media, public relations and trade show participation to attack "Italian-sounding" products that misrepresent their actual non-Italian nature. The quarterly publication also expresses concern over ongoing efforts by the European Union (EU) to expand the scope of protection for certain common food names, such as "bologna" and "provolone," through aggressive trademark claims and in trade agreements, including in the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (T-TIP). Meanwhile, CCFN commended a bipartisan group of U.S. Congressional leaders for urging the World Intellectual Property Organization to amend the Lisbon Agreement for the Protection of Appellations of Origin, which could limit the use of generic food names in export markets and impact the sales of meats, cheeses, wines and other products.

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