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The US warns Chile that giving a monopoly on cheese names to the European Union will have consequences

Chile
United States
Regulation & Compliances
Published Apr 24, 2024

Tridge summary

The United States has raised concerns with Chile over a new Advanced Framework Agreement with the European Union, which grants recognition to 216 EU geographical indications and commonly used names for food products. The US is particularly worried about the protection of common names like feta, gruyere, and parmesan, as this is the first EU trade agreement to include such broad protections. The US Embassy in Chile has expressed that this could negatively impact trade relations between the US, Chile, and other non-EU suppliers of these products. The US is awaiting a response to a proposal offering a solution that would allow common names to be protected without limiting existing agreements, as this issue is a condition for the US to approve Chilean table grapes. Chile is a significant trading partner of the US, with agri-food exports reaching US$6.5 billion to the US and $2.7 billion to the EU in 2023.
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Original content

What to observe. The United States authorities have repeatedly expressed their concern to the Chilean Government about the decision being taken in the Advanced Framework Agreement between Chile and the European Union (EU) that includes protections for common names of foods and, in particular, the varieties of cheeses, as well as geographical indicators. Under the new agreement, Chile grants European producers recognition of 216 EU geographical indications and commonly used names such as feta, gruyere, kölsch and parmesan. In total there are 216 protected names. The United States' concern is about the protection given to common names, rather than geographical indications or appellations of origin, according to the press department of the United States Embassy in Chile. “This is the first time that an EU trade agreement includes such broad protections for commonly used names,” warns a document from the US Department of Agriculture. The American concern points to the possibility that ...
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