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Eight New Product Names Protected as Geographical Indications

Eight New Product Names Protected as Geographical Indications
June 16
14:40 2016

The European Commission has approved the registration of eight new product names from Croatia, France, Germany, Portugal and Spain as Protected Geographical Indications (PGI) and Protected Designations of Origin (PDO). Registration as a Geographical Indication (GI) gives wide protection to the registered names, functioning as an intellectual property right for products that have a specific geographical origin and possess qualities or a reputation that are due to that origin. Names registered enjoy protection against any misuse, imitation or evocation of their name.

The eight products added are:

* For Croatia: ‘Zagorski puran’ (PGI), turkey from the Croatian Zagorje breed.

* For France: ‘Poulet de l’Ardèche’/‘Chapon de l’Ardèche’ (PGI), free-range chickens and capons; ‘Pintade de l’Ardèche’ (PGI), guinea fowl bred outdoors; ‘Soumaintrain’ (PGI), a soft cheese; ‘Sel de Salies-de-Béarn’ (PGI), salt.

* For Germany: ‘Allgäuer Sennalpkäse’ (PDO), a hard cheese.

* For Portugal: ‘Fogaça da Feira’ (PGI), a sweet bun with a flavour and aroma of lemon and cinnamon.

* For Spain: ‘Gall del Penedès’ (PGI), chickens of the traditional Penedesenca breed.

These eight new names bring the number of protected food names to 1349 (PDO, PGI and Traditional Specialities Guaranteed altogether). Wines, aromatised wines and spirits are also protected with over 2090 names registered.

The introduction of a GI boosts farmers’ revenues and helps to maintain the population in less favoured or remote areas by promoting the rural economy. It also increases the market value of the products of economic operators, by guaranteeing that they are distinguishable from other similar products or foodstuffs. In addition, thanks to the introduction of this designation, consumers will able be to make more informed choices on the basis of clear information on the specific characteristics of the products they buy.

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