Status sought for wexford berries
A national consultation process is underway to make 'Wexford Blackcurrants' a protected food in the same way that the Waterford Blaa, Clare Island Salmon, Connemara Hill Lamb, Imokilly Regato and Timoleague Brown Pudding have special status.
An applicaton has been made for Protected Geographical Indication (PGI) status for blackcurrants under an EU quality regime.
The system protects the geographical names of certain foods which have a tangible link to the area after which they are named.
When a food is granted a PGI, the protection is absolute and extends to translations of the name and any misuse or imitation of the name.
The application says the 'specific climatic and soil conditions produce Wexford's blackcurrants with distinctive sweetness'.
Ireland currently has the five protected food products listed above. Other non-Irish PGI foods include Gorgonzola, Parmigiano-Reggiano and Camembert which can only be named as such if they come from the designated region.