SAGB2013 Irene Bocchetta (Defra Food Policy)

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SAGB2013 Irene Bocchetta (Defra Food Policy)

  1. 1. The EU Protected Food Names Scheme Overview and application process Applying for PDO/PGI for Fish and Shellfish 44th Annual Conference Fishmongers’ Hall, London
  2. 2. Introduction – EU Agricultural Product Quality Policy • Scheme rolled out throughout Europe in 1993 • Based on the Appellation d’origine contrôlée system (AOC) • In order to protect food and drink on a geographical or recipe basis + to protect against misuse and imitation
  3. 3. Regulations laying down the basis for the EU PFN Scheme •EC Regulation 1151/2012 on quality schemes for agricultural products and foodstuffs Covering protected designation of origin PDO, protected geographical indication PGI and traditional speciality guaranteed TSG • Currently 52 UK PFNs • Around another 40 in the pipeline
  4. 4. Protected Designation of Origin PDO Protected Designation of Origin • Products are produced, processed and prepared within a particular area Karp Zatorski (Poland) Phú Quóc (Thailand)
  5. 5. • Products are either produced or processed or prepared within a particular area 盐城龙虾 Yancheng Long Xia (China) Acciughe sotto sale del Mar Ligure (Italy) Protected Geographical Indication PGI
  6. 6. • Products are not determined by geography • Traditional method or recipe of importance Traditional Farmfresh Turkey Pizza Napoletana Mozzarella Traditional Speciality Guaranteed TSG
  7. 7. Products suitable for protection • Most foods intended for human consumption such as: Meat Meat products Cheeses Honey Oils and fats Fish, molluscs and crustaceans Fruits, vegetables and cereal products Beer and beverages made from plant extracts Bread, pasta, pastries, cakes and confectionery
  8. 8. Other products suitable for protection PDO - PGI • Cotton • Cork • Essential oils • Flowers and ornamental plants • Hay • Mustard paste • Natural gums and resins • Salt • Wicker • Wool TSG • Pre-cooked meals • Chocolate and other food preparations containing cocoa • Soups and broths • Prepared condiments • Ice cream and Sorbets
  9. 9. Who can apply for registration? • Producer groups • Individuals (for PDO, PGI) if: local and traditional methods used geographical area has characteristics which differ from neighbours product characteristics differ from similar products • Other producers can use a registered name if the inspection body agrees their product conforms to the registered specification.
  10. 10. Application Process • Member States and the EU Commission have the responsibility of assessing product applications • UK National Consultation – 8 weeks • EU Assessment of Product Specification – 6 months • EU Consultation – 3 – 5 months • Registration in Official Journal • 20 days after posting of Registration in OJ product can legally use name and associated logo
  11. 11. Benefits of PDOs, PGIs and TSGs “It is the quality rather than the quantity that matters.” Seneca
  12. 12. Protection Strong protection as set out in Article 13(1) of Council Regulation 1151/2013 Registered name protected against: a) Any direct or indirect commercial use of the name b) Any misuse, indication or evocation c) Any other false or misleading indications as to the provenance, origin, nature or essential qualities of the product d) Any other practice liable to mislead the public as to the true origin of the product
  13. 13. Protection against unlawful use of protected names Member States shall take the steps necessary to stop unlawful use of PDOs/PGIs/TSGs.
  14. 14. USE IT OR LOSE IT
  15. 15. The Producer • Gives protection to the registered name • Gives a premium price privilege • Stand out from the crowd! • Registered products are required to carry the EU symbol which identifies products as traditional and authentic.
  16. 16. Retailers and Caterers • Satisfies consumers’ needs of provenance • Proof of authenticity • Point of difference among similar products • Price premium can also be enjoyed
  17. 17. The consumer • Proof of heritage, regionality, place of origin • Proof of tradition, skill-base, know-how • Proof of speciality, tastes, flavours • Guarantees the genuine article
  18. 18. Isle of Man Queenies
  19. 19. Lough Neagh Eels
  20. 20. Traditional Grimsby Smoked Fish
  21. 21. Arbroath Smokie
  22. 22. Whitstable Oyster
  23. 23. Cornish Sardine
  24. 24. Scottish Farmed Salmon
  25. 25. Scottish Wild Salmon
  26. 26. What next for PFNs in the UK Sea World?
  27. 27. Fal Oyster Applying for PDO status
  28. 28. Selsey Lobster Applying for the PGI status
  29. 29. ...and here are a few of the applications the UK currently have in the pipeline: •Yorkshire Wensleydale Cheese – PGI •Fenland Celery – PGI •Lakeland Herdwick Lamb – PDO •Traditional Bramley Apple Pie Filling - TSG
  30. 30. Thank you Irene Bocchetta Food Policy Unit Defra

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