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Meat Institute Signs Coalition Letter Opposing Efforts to Restrict Common Food Names in Japan and Mexico

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

(North American Meat Institute)

The Trump Administration should urge the governments of Japan and Mexico against including common food and beverage terms, such as "bologna," in the geographical indications (GIs) lists they are considering for approval with the European Union (EU), according to a multi-association letter signed by the Meat Institute. The organizations contend U.S. companies and workers would be harmed if Japan and Mexico accept the EU GI lists in their current form, given the number of common food names that could be at risk. Instead, the organizations call on the Administration to encourage Japan and Mexico to abide by their existing trade commitments to the U.S. and preserve market competition in these product categories.

The Meat Institute is working with the Consortium for Common Food Names to file comments in Japan and Mexico requesting that both governments carefully review the proposed GI lists to ensure that only legitimate, compound terms ("Prosciutto di Parma") would be protected, and not generic terms, like "prosciutto."

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