Consultation on an application to register the name "Ayrshire Early New Potatoes / Ayrshire Earlies" as a protected geographical indication (PGI) under the EU protected food name (PFN) scheme

Closed 5 Aug 2016

Opened 13 May 2016

Results updated 8 Jun 2018

We have examined the application for this proposal to register the name 'Ayrshire New Potatoes' / 'Ayrshire Earlies' as a Protected Geographical Indication under the EU Protected Food Name scheme. 

We have carried out a national consultation and are satisfied that all concerns raised have been addressed. There are no outstanding objections relating to this application. The product specification has been amended taking on board comments from those who had a particular interest or concern. 

We are content that the application meets the criteria for the scheme, therefore, we formally handed the application to the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs to take forward with the European Commission.

The European Commission is in receipt of the application which is currently undergoing their scrutiny. The next step will be for the Commission to publish the application in the Official Journal commencing a three month EU wide consultation – all applications are currently subject to EU consultation as well as national consultation in order to give interested parties outwith the UK an opportunity to oppose.

If no opposition is lodged at EU level then the product name is then entered into the EU register of protected names.  If, however, valid objections are received at this point then the affected Member States have three months in which to resolve the matter bilaterally.  If no acceptable resolution can be reached then the final decision on registering the product is taken by the EU Standing Committee meeting.






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Consultation on an application for Ayrshire Early New Potatoes / Ayrshire Earlies to gain Protected Geographical Indication (PGI) status. PGI is a designation of the EU Protected Food Name scheme, which highlights regional and traditional foods whose authenticity and origin can be guaranteed through an independent inspection system.

The purpose of this consultation is to notify interested parties of the application and to provide an opportunity to object, if appropriate, or comment on the application.

If you wish to respond to this consultation exercise, we would be grateful if you could let us know your intention to do so no later than 10 June 2016 by writing to: or

Food and Drink Industry Growth Division
Scottish Government
B1 Spur
Saughton House
Broomhouse Drive
EH11 3XD

You will then have until the closing date to submit your comments or objection in full.  This can be submitted by writing to the contact details above or by using the online survey facility hosted by Citizen Space.  We recommend that you fully consider this consultation document before sitting down to complete the online survey.

Please note that any objections to the application will need to specify the grounds on which it is based.  Guidance on what constitutes an admissible objection as laid down in Article 10 of the Council Regulation (EU) No 1151/2012.


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Why your views matter

The application is being sent out to consultation, in order to seek comments, queries or objections from interested bodies.

What happens next

Following the closing date, all responses will be analysed and considered along with any other available evidence to help us reach a decision on the final specification to be registered as a PGI.  All documentation is then passed to the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA), the competent authority in the UK, for onward processing for the EU.