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 today 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.