A newly-formed coalition is pushing for an end to use restrictions on food names. The Consortium for Common Food Names (CCFN), which boasts food producer and organization members from several countries, is pushing for an end to use restrictions on food names. CCFN “opposes any attempt to monopolize generic names that have become part of the public domain, such as Parmesan, Feta, Provolone, Bologna, Salami and many others, as well as terms used by winemakers such as ‘classic,’ ‘vintage,’ ‘fine’ and ‘superior,’” according to a release from the organization.

On the dairy front, CCFN wants to foster the adoption of an appropriate model that protects legitimate geographical indications (GIs) like Parmigiano Reggiano while reserving the right of all producers to use the term Parmesan.

“No one country or entity should own common food names,” says Jaime Castaneda, executive director of the new initiative, and senior vice president of trade policy at the U.S. Dairy Export Council. “If such efforts are successful, consumers will no longer recognize many of their favorite foods. Producers around the world will be forced to consider relabeling potentially billions of dollars’ worth of food products.”

For more information, visit www.CommonFoodNames.com.