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New US-Mexico-Canada Trade Pact Marks ‘Sea Change’ In GI Policy, CCFN Says

North American companies that produce cheese and other foods that bear generic names are praising the US government for the language included in the new US-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA) regarding geographical indications (GI) policy and the protection of common food names, according to the Consortium for Common Food Names (CCFN).

“USMCA marks a sea change in GI policy, recognizing the equal importance of the protection of distinctive products through GIs, and the defense of generic terms long used in the marketplace,” said Jaime Castaneda, CCFN’s executive director.

The Trump administration “demonstrated great leadership in pushing forward many key concepts for effective GI policy, which are of benefit to consumers and producers throughout North America, and which CCFN has long promoted and worked on with government leaders,” Castaneda continued. “These include commitments on transparency and the ability for stakeholders to object to pending GIs that may infringe on their rights to use generic terms.”

The USMCA marks the first time the US has specifically included reference to the rights of generic name users within a trade agreement, a goal CCFN has been working toward for many years.

The deal establishes a non-exhaustive list of commonly used cheese names that may not be restricted by Mexico moving forward, including “mozzarella”, “cheddar,” “provolone” and others.

Also, Canada and Mexico will be adopting GI parameters that make it more difficult for any country to register new GIs that are common food names, and common name users will be able to oppose GI applications that would monopolize the use of generic terms, CCFN noted.

“These explicit considerations safeguarding generic terms are essential,” commented Errico Auricchio, president of BelGioioso Cheese, Green Bay, WI, and chairman of CCFN, “because the EU continues to move the lines on which names of cheeses, meats, wines and other products are

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