A consultation on an application to register the name "Scottish Wild Venison" as a protected geographical indication under the EU quality schemes for agricultural products and foodstuffs

Closed 29 May 2018

Opened 6 Mar 2018


EU regulation 1151/2012 on quality schemes for agricultural products and foodstuffs provides a system for the protection of products on a geographical or traditional recipe basis. This system is similar to the familiar 'appellation controlee' system used for wine.

If you are a producer of agricultural products and foodstuffs, you can apply to protect the name of your product under EU law.

This means that another producer cannot market their product using that name unless they:

• produce it in the area that has been agreed with the EU; and

• use the methods you have agreed with the EU.

Producers who are not part of the original group applying for protection, but who can show to the satisfaction of a nominated inspection body that their product conforms fully with the registered product specification, may use the registered name.

View the consultation paper here

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Why We Are Consulting

The purpose of this consultation is to seek views on an application the Scottish Government has received to register the name “Scottish Wild Venison” as a protected geographical indication.

Before a decision can be made by the Member State, the Department of Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, on whether to forward the application to the European Commission for the next stage of the process, the Scottish Government is required to consult on applications seeking registration of Scottish product names in order to give interested parties within the UK an opportunity to comment on or object to the proposal.

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 product specification seeking registration or assist in determining the applications suitability for the scheme and whether it can be forwarded to the European Commission for the next stage of the application process.


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