The "Zagorski puran" (turkey from Zagorje region) is a product obtained by slaughter of free-range turkeys of the native Croatian breed "Zagorje turkey", aged between 6 and 8 months.
The European Commission today approved the registration of seven other new product names from four countries other than Croatia -- France, Germany, Portugal and Spain -- as Protected Geographical Indications (PGI) and Protected Designations of Origin (PDO).
Registration as a Geographical Indication (GI) gives wide protection to the registered names, functioning as an intellectual property right for products that have a specific geographical origin and possess qualities or a reputation that are due to that origin. Names registered enjoy protection against any misuse, imitation or evocation of their name.
"The addition of these eight new products from five Member States to the PGI and PDO registers shows the great interest in and value of our system of Geographical Indications. It is always encouraging to see high-quality European food getting the recognition that it deserves. It is interesting too to see the range of products being added to the registers today. GIs add to the value of high-quality products to the benefit of European farmers and food producers. Their importance is shown by the high priority that we attach to their protection in international trade negotiations." Agriculture Commissioner Phil Hogan said.