The move is the latest in a series of efforts by Brussels to assert its food quality schemes around the world and ensure EU producers do not face unfair competition.
Geographical indications (GIs) are a central part of the EU’s food quality schemes. Some 1,402 food products enjoy protection under the Protected Designation of Origin (PDO), Protected Geographical Indication (PGI) and Traditional Specialities Guaranteed (TSG) labels, which also cover hundreds of wines, spirits and other agricultural products.
These labels recognise the specific regional and traditional qualities of certain products, offering consumers certainty over the authenticity and quality of their food, while allowing producers to command higher prices._________________________
But in a position paper published on Wednesday (6 September) the Commission acknowledged that the UK’s withdrawal from the EU posed a potential threat to the scheme and demanded that London take action to guarantee the intellectual property rights of EU producers.