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Europe, China Agree to Protect Foods With Geographical Indication

Nov. 7, 2019
Costas Vasilopoulos

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The Euro­pean Union and China have reached an agree­ment to pro­tect one hun­dred Geo­graph­i­cal Indi­ca­tions in each party from imi­ta­tions cir­cu­lat­ing in their mar­kets.

The agree­ment includes var­i­ous Euro­pean prod­ucts made in dif­fer­ent regions of the Euro­pean Union, like Feta and Roque­fort, Irish whiskey, Cham­pagne, Porto wine and oth­ers. Prod­ucts like Kala­mata Olives and some olive oils from Crete and Spain are also included in the pact and will have their names pro­tected from any usurpa­tion in the Chi­nese mar­ket.

The Euro­pean Union, in turn, will pro­tect the names of one hun­dred Chi­nese food prod­ucts cur­rently avail­able in the com­mon Euro­pean mar­ket, like the Pan­jin rice and the Anqiu Da Jiang gin­ger.

In four years, the agree­ment will be expanded to include 175 more Geo­graph­i­cal Indi­ca­tions from both sides.

Euro­pean Geo­graph­i­cal Indi­ca­tion prod­ucts are renowned across the world for their qual­ity,” Agri­cul­ture and Rural Devel­op­ment Com­mis­sioner Phil Hogan, said. This agree­ment shows our com­mit­ment to work­ing closely with our global trad­ing part­ners such as China. It is a win for both par­ties, strength­en­ing our trad­ing rela­tion­ship, ben­e­fit­ting our agri­cul­tural and food sec­tors, and con­sumers on both sides.”


The deal is expected to be final­ized and signed by the two par­ties in the next few days.

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