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Geographical Indications (Protected Food and Drink Names)

A geographical indication is a sign used on goods that have a specific geographical origin and possess qualities, reputation or characteristics that are essentially attributable to that place of origin.  Most commonly, a geographical indication includes the name of the place or origin of the goods.  Agricultural products typically have qualities that derive from their place or production and are influenced by specific local factors, such as climate and soil.

Three European Union schemes of geographical indications and traditional specialities known as protected designation of origin (PDO), protected geographical indication (PGI), and traditional speciality guaranteed (TSG) promote and protect names of quality agricultural products and foodstuffs.  These laws protect the names of wines, cheeses, hams, sausages, seafood, olives, beers, Balsamic vinegar and even regional breads, fruits, raw meats and vegetables. A list of Irish products which have achieved EU protection status can be found by accessing the link below

National Opposition Procedure

NATIONAL OPPOSITION PROCEDURE

for applications for the registration of

“Irish Grass Fed Beef” as a name with Protected Geographical Indication status

 and 

“Achill Island Sea Salt” as a name with Protected Designation of Origin status

Applications have been received by the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine for the registration of a product named “Irish Grass Fed Beef” as a product with Protected Geographical Indication status and of a product named “Achill Island Sea Salt” as a product with Protected Designation of Origin status. 

As part of the scrutiny of the applications, the Department is hereby initiating a national opposition procedure for each application in compliance with Article 49 of the Regulation (EU) No. 1151/2012. The procedure provides for any natural or legal person having a legitimate interest and established or resident in Ireland to lodge an opposition to the applications. A link to the Regulation is embedded below for your information and convenience.

https://eur-lex.europa.eu/LexUriServ/LexUriServ.do?uri=OJ:L:2012:343:0001:0029:en:PDF

Any opposition submitted by a natural or legal person having a legitimate interest and established or resident in Ireland must be accompanied by a reasoned statement of opposition.

Please click on product specification (doc 233Kb)  and Single Document (Application) (doc 56Kb)  for information on “Irish Grass Fed Beef”

Please click on product specification (doc 3,048Kb)  and Single Document (Application) (doc 108Kb)  for information on “Achill Island Sea Salt”

Completed opposition submissions (doc 16Kb)  must be made to the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine in the form inculded in the link provided by close of business 11th September 2020 to the following address:

by email to Geographicalindications@agriculture.gov.ie

by post to Geographical Indications, Food Industry Development Division, Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine, 6 West, Agriculture House, Kildare Street, Dublin 2, DO2 WK12. Late submissions will not be accepted.