Key Issues

Geographic Indications

Geographical indications (GIs) limit who can use certain product terms or names to those in a particular geographic area. GIs have been widely abused in recent years by European interests seeking to restrict competition from the United States and other non-European countries.

NMPF is a member of the Consortium for Common Food Names (CCFN), an independent, international nonprofit alliance that works with leaders in agriculture, trade and intellectual property rights to foster the adoption of high standards and model geographical indication guidelines throughout the world.