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Coalition Letter Highlights Concerning Geographic Indications Protections in EU-Mexico Free Trade Agreement

Thursday, May 17, 2018

(North American Meat Institute)

The Consortium for Common Food Names (CCFN), to which the Meat Institute belongs, expressed concern about new restrictions on the use of common-name food products included in a recently negotiated trade agreement between the European Union (EU) and Mexico. The EU-Mexico trade pact outlines 340 geographic indication (GI) restrictions, including protections for generic terms like “Black Forest ham,” which will reverse existing market access for some U.S. food producers, while denying others the right to market their products using generic names moving forward. The organizations, in the letter, state these GI restrictions impair the value of the trade commitments Mexico made to the U.S. as part of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), and urge the Trump administration to engage with Mexico during NAFTA modernization talks to address the EU’s attempts to undercut U.S. producers.

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