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New laws designed to protect Guam and Chamorro ‘brands’

A new Guam law requires that the country of origin to be placed on perishable products labeled “Guam” or “Chamorro.”

Denise Mendiola Hertslet, senior business counselor at the Guam Small Business Center says promoting local business will foster growth and employment. “We encourage the dollars that are spent here to stay here on Guam,” she says in the Pacific Daily News.

While Guam doesn’t have the manufacturing power of places like China and the Philippines, the U.S. Department of Agriculture is working on developing an industrial park to house such businesses here on Guam, she said. “If we are able to use our local resources… then we keep money on the island.”

Another new law creates a task force to protect the Guam brand by restricting or limiting the use of the words “Guam” or “Chamorro” on consumable commodities not made in Guam.

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