Geographical indications and traditional specialities

When searching for an authentic product, you have to know how lables can be essential to make the right choice. Pretty bottles, fancy labels and good presentation can sometimes be misleading. So we provide you the Eropean Union information on quality policy for agricolture and rural development.

Three EU schemes known as PDO (protected designation of origin), PGI (protected geographical indication) and TSG (traditional speciality guaranteed) promote and protect names of quality agricultural products and foodstuffs.
The following EU schemes encourage diverse agricultural production, protect product names from misuse and imitation and help consumers by giving them information concerning the specific character of the products:

  • Protected Designation of Origin – PDO: covers agricultural products and foodstuffs which are produced, processed and prepared in a given geographical area using recognised know-how.
  • Protected Geographical Indication – PGI: covers agricultural products and foodstuffs closely linked to the geographical area. At least one of the stages of production, processing or preparation takes place in the area.
  • Traditional Speciality Guaranteed – TSG: highlights traditional character, either in the composition or means of production.


But how can we find out which product names are registered or have been applied for?  Easy! Consult the DOOR database (“Database of Origin and Registration”) of PDO, PGI and TSG, available on EU website.

Moreover  you can find out which product names have been cancelled or have a cancellation on-going, consulting the table of PDO, PGI and TSG cancellations.

For more information about EU quality policy click here


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