Colombia-EU FTA Affects Cheese Names

With the start of the free trade agreement with the European Union in August, Colombia will recognize intellectual property of European cheese names

Colombia's Commerce Ministry announced recently that due to intellectual property issues negotiated along with the Colombia-EU Free Trade Agreement that began in August, up to 16 cheeses produced in Colombia now fall under the denomination of origin in the countries where they were first made (such as camembert, parmesan or manchego), so Colombian companies that make cheeses of European tradition will not be able to use such names in their commercial labels.

As you can imagine, Colombian Food Associations like the Asociación Colombiana de Procesadores de Leche (Milk processors’ association) are complaining about the new rules. To read more, click HERE.