Japan rejects EU attempts to confiscate generic food & dairy names

March 13, 2018 – Japan late last year assured the continued general use for many generic food terms as part of its trade agreement with the European Union (EU) – especially highly contested terms such as “parmesan” and “romano”, paving the way for Heartland food and dairy producers to export more freely to Japanese markets.

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As reported by the Consortium for Common Food Names (CCFN), Japan has assured continued common use for the generic cheese names brie, camembert, cheddar, edam, emmental, gouda, grana, mozzarella, parmesan, pecorino, provolone and romano; for the meats bologna, bratwurst and mortadella; and for varietal terms such as “kalamata” for olives and “valencia” for oranges.

The Japanese ruling, along with that of other countries, refutes EU’s claim on Geographical Indications (GIs) enacted to protect European producers of its cheese and other foods’ names.

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