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Consultation on Application for Protected Geographical Indication

The Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine is opening a consultation on an application for the registration of “Sneem Black Pudding” under the EU’s PGI (Protected Geographical Indication) regime.  Geographical Indications are a type of intellectual property, protecting food product names which are linked to a particular territory or to a production method. 

“Sneem Black Pudding” is a black pudding produced in Sneem, Kenmare, Co. Kerry. The description for this application for Protected Geographical Indication status is set out at

http://www.agriculture.gov.ie/gi/pdopgitsg-protectedfoodnames/                

Interested parties may submit comments up to 28 February by email to GeographicalIndications@agriculture.gov.ie or write to the GI Unit, Food Division, Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine, Kildare St. Dublin, 2. 

The Department is also available to provide information on potential eligibility of products for PDO/PGI status [email: GeographicalIndications@agriculture.gov.ie

telephone:  01-6072371 ]

Notes for Editors

Geographical Indications are a type of intellectual property, protecting food product names which are linked to a particular territory or to a production method.  Regulation (EU) No. 1151/2012 (Official Journal L343 of 2012 ) sets out how applications for entry on the PDO/ PGI register must show how the characteristics of the region – topographic, savoir faire, reputation, natural resources – have an impact on the characteristics of a particular product.  Registration affords producers in that area protection against imitation and use of the name outside the region.   

-   PDO (Protected Designation of Origin) for products with a strong link to the defined geographical area where they are produced

-   PGI (Protected Geographical Indication) for agricultural products and foods linked to a geographical area where at least one production step has taken place.

In the case of Sneem Black Pudding the meat ingredients are sourced in South Kerry and Killarney; some of the other ingredients such as oatmeal may be sourced from the wider Munster region.

Ireland has seven PDO/PGI food products - Clare Island Salmon, Connemara Hill Lamb, Imokilly Regato, Oriel Sea Salt, Oriel Sea Minerals, Timoleague Brown Pudding, and Waterford Blaa/ Blaa.

Spirits drinks: (EC) No 110/2008(Official Journal L39 of 2008) lays down rules on Geographical Indications (GIs) of spirit drinks.  Three Irish products - Irish Whiskey, Irish Cream and Irish Poitín – are registered GIs on all all-island basis.  

 

 View this Press Release as a PDF:  DAFMPR 28/2017 (pdf 439Kb) 

 

 

Date Released: 24 February 2017