Settling a worldwide battle for the Common Name – Mozzarella

September 11, 2019 – The Consortium for Common Food Names (CCFN), the US Dairy Export Council (USDEC) and the Consorzio Tutela Mozzarella di Bufala Campana (Italy) have signed an historic agreement that CCFN hopes will pave the way for a new dialogue on the protection of products of origin in the US and in global markets – including those bearing geographical indications (GIs), while respecting the rights of companies to produce and market products bearing generic names.

mozzarella balls

The new agreement provides greater support for protection in the United States and around the world for the Mozzarella di Bufala Campana Protected Designation of Origin (PDO), while unequivocally establishing the free use of the generic term “mozzarella” to indicate a type of cheese extensively produced in the US as well.

Buffalo mozzarella (Italian: la mozzarella di bufala) is a mozzarella made from the milk of the domestic Italian water buffalo. Cut into balls, it is a product traditionally produced in Campania, especially in the provinces of Caserta and Salerno, Italy.
Since 1996 it was protected under the EU’s Protected Designation of Origin. The Consortium for the Protection of the Buffalo Cheese of Campania is an organization of approximately 200 producers under Italian law.

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