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CCFN Details GI Progress in USMCA

Sunday, October 14, 2018

(North American Meat Institute)

The Consortium for Common Food Names (CCFN), to which the Meat Institute belongs, cited progress made in the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA) regarding geographical indications (GI) policy and the protection of common food names. The USMCA marks the first time the U.S. has specifically included reference to the rights of generic name users within a trade agreement. Under the agreement, Canada and Mexico will adopt GI parameters that make it more difficult for any nation to register new GIs that are common food names, and common name users will be able to oppose GI applications that would monopolize use of generic terms, among other provisions.

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