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Consultation on application for Protected Geographical Indication

The Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine has launched a national consultation on an application for Protected Geographical Indication (PGI) status for “Comeragh Mountain Lamb” under the European Union quality regime, which recognises and protects foods with a unique link to a distinct geographical area, so benefitting local economies and food tourism.

“Comeragh Mountain Lamb ” is the meat from lambs, mainly of the Scotch Blackface breed, born and raised in the Comeragh Mountain region of County Waterford.   The lambs graze on the distinct and abundant habitat of wild grasses, flowers and herbs in the twelve Coums (Irish for “fertile hollow“) in the Comeragh mountain range, which provide the lamb with its particular flavor and delicate texture.

Reference to publication of the product specification

(Article 8.2 of Regulation (EU) No 1151/2012)

The full description for the application for PGI status is set out at : http://www.agriculture.gov.ie/gi/pdopgitsg-protectedfoodnames/products/  

Interested parties may submit comments on the application up to 24 August 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/TSG status [email: GeographicalIndications@agriculture.gov.ie ; tel: 01-6072371 ]

 

Note for Editor

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 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.  

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

Ireland has four PGI  products - Clare Island Salmon, Connemara Hill Lamb, Timoleague Brown Pudding, Waterford Blaa/ Blaa and three PDO (Protected Designation of Origin) products - Imokilly Regato Oriel Sea Minerals and Oriel Sea Salt..

Spirits drinks:  Irish Whiskey, Irish Cream and Irish Poitín are registered Geographical Indications under (EC) No 110/2008 (Official Journal L39 of 2008).  These three spirit drinks GIs are all-island GIs. 

ENDS

 

 

 

Date Released: 10 August 2017