2024 Farm bill to address global food name challenges

May 03, 2024

By Farms.com

In response to the European Union's restrictive trade practices, the Consortium for Common Food Names (CCFN) is taking a proactive stance in shaping the 2024 Farm Bill. This engagement is crucial as it affects the naming rights of popular U.S. food products like parmesan and bologna on the international market.

Jaime Castaneda, the Executive Director of CCFN, emphasized the organization's commitment to collaborating with U.S. policymakers. Recent proposals from key agriculture committee leaders in the House and Senate signal potential for legislative support that aligns with CCFN's objectives.

The EU's policy of geographical indications limits the use of certain food names to products made in specific regions, posing a significant challenge for U.S. producers. The 2024 Farm Bill presents an opportunity to implement strong legal protections for U.S. producers against these international naming restrictions.

CCFN's involvement in the legislative process is geared towards integrating protections that ensure U.S. food and beverage products remain competitive and accessible in global markets. By securing these naming rights, the CCFN helps safeguard the livelihoods of U.S. exporters and supports the broader agricultural economy.

The organization’s push for inclusion in the farm bill reflects a strategic approach to global trade challenges, aiming to maintain the integrity and global presence of American food products against restrictive EU trade practices. The ongoing dialogue with the agriculture committees is a testament to the importance of this issue within the U.S. legislative and trade agenda.

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