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Protected food names

In 1993 EU legislation came into force which provides for a system for the protection of food names on a geographical or traditional recipe basis. The scheme highlights regional and traditional foods whose authenticity and origin can be guaranteed. Under this system a named food or drink registered at a European level will be given legal protection against imitation throughout the EU.

Producers who register their products for protection benefit from having a raised awareness of their product throughout Europe. This may in turn help them take advantage of consumers’ increasing awareness of the importance of regional and speciality foods.

Protected Designation of Origin (PDO)

Protected food names PDO logoOpen to products which are produced, processed and prepared within a particular geographical area, and with features and characteristics which must be due to the geographical area.

Protected Geographical Indication (PGI)

Protected food names PGI logoOpen to products which must be produced or processed or prepared within the geographical area and have a reputation, features or certain qualities attributable to that area.

Traditional Speciality Guaranteed (TSG)

Protected food names TSG logoOpen to products which are traditional or have customary names and have a set of features which distinguish them from other similar products. These features must not be due to the geographical area the product is produced in nor entirely based on technical advances in the method of production.

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The logos can be downloaded from the European Commission website.

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Page last modified: 10 March 2011