Consultation begins for Irish Salmon PGI
The consultation process for PGI registration of Irish Salmon has been launched. Credit: Salmon Ireland
The consultation process was launched this week for the application of ‘Irish Salmon’ for registration as a Protected Geographical Indication (PGI).
Geographical Indications are intended to highlight special qualities of the products through indication of their origin and to preserve cultural traditions. Granting of this intellectual property protection to ‘Irish Salmon’ would mean that this name could only be used by producers of the product within the specified region.
Commenting on the application Agriculture and Rural Development minister Michelle O’Neill said: “This is the first all Ireland application for protected name status for a food product. My Department has worked closely with the Department of Agriculture Food and The Marine (DAFM) to get the application to this stage.
“A product, such as the Irish Salmon, receiving PGI registration would be good news for the agri food sector and would help local suppliers to market the product domestically and further afield, and would also provide protection against imitation.”
Interested parties in responding to the consultation have a period of 12 weeks ending on 9 October 2012 to submit their comments in writing. Anyone with a legitimate interest may lodge an objection.
Both specifications and additional information are available on the DARD website.
Comments are to be submitted in writing to Food Policy Branch, Room 131, Dundonald House, Upper Newtownards Road, Ballymiscaw, Belfast, BT4 3SB, or by email.
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