Irish government wants grass-fed beef to get protected EU status

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THE IRISH GOVERNMENT has begun a process to give Irish grass-fed beef and Achill Island Sea Salt a protected status from the European Commission.

The Department of Agriculture has today launched the first part of an application process for Irish Grass Fed Beef to become a Protected Geographical Indication (PGI), and for Achill Island Sea Salt to become a Protected Designation of Origin (PDO).

Geographical Indications (GIs) are a way of copyrighting food products linked to a certain territory or produced in a certain way. The EU’s GI scheme can benefit producers through acknowledging foods that have particular characteristics linked to their place of origin.

How to transfer this system to the UK after it leaves the Custom Union and Single Market had been one of the many issues discussed as part of Brexit talks, as the UK will be setting up its own GI scheme.

Irish Grass-Fed Beef is the name given to Irish beef raised on a grass-based diet on pasture farms in Ireland.

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