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CAFIA Control Activities

01/22/2015
 
As a result of the EU's efforts to promote local products, and alert consumers to the traditional products originating in particular from EU member states, the protected names - Protected Designation of Origin (PDO), Protected Geographical Indication (PGI) and Traditional Speciality Guaranteed (TSG) were created.
1. General Information
1.1. Currently valid legislation:
Council Regulation (EC) No. 509/2006 on Agricultural Products and Foodstuffs as Traditional Specialties Guaranteed
Council Regulation (EC) No. 510/2006 on the Protection of Geographical Indications and Designations of Origin for Agricultural Products and Foodstuffs
Commission Regulation (EC) No. 1898/2006 laying down detailed rules for the implementation of Council Regulation (EC) No 510/2006 on the Protection of Geographical Indications and Designations of Origin for Agricultural Products and Foodstuffs
Commission Regulation (EC) No. 1216/2007 laying down detailed rules for the implementation of Council Regulation (EC) No 509/2006 on Agricultural Products and Foodstuffs as Traditional Specialties Guaranteed
Act No. 452/2001 Coll., on the Protection of Designations of Origin and Geographical Indications

1.2. Definitions:

Protected Designation of Origin - symbol
Protected Designation of Origin (PDO) - concerns the name of a region, a specific place or, exceptionally, a country, used to describe an agricultural product or a foodstuff originating in that region, specific place or country, whose quality and characteristics are essentially or exclusively due to a particular geographical environment (which includes both natural and human factors) and the production, processing and preparation of which takes place in the defined geographical area.
Protected Geographical Indication - symbol
Protected Geographical Indication (PGI) - concerns the name of a region, a specific place or, exceptionally, a country, used to describe an agricultural product or a foodstuff originating in that region, specific place or country, which possesses a specific quality, reputation or other characteristics attributable to that geographical origin and the production, processing or preparation of which takes place in the defined geographical area.
Traditional speciality guaranteed - symbol
Traditional speciality guaranteed (TSG) - an agricultural product or foodstuff which has been demonstrably produced or manufactured for at least 25 years and its specific character is recognized by the EU and by its registration as a TSG. The special nature of the product is determined not only by its properties, but may also be determined by the method of production or processing.
TSG products may be divided into two types - registered "without reservations concerning the name" or "subject to reservations concerning the name".
TSG registered with reservation of the name - the registered name may only be used for products that comply with the specification. When using the protected name it is always necessary to label the product as "Traditional Speciality Guaranteed" or with the allocated Community symbol (the same as with PDO/PGI products).

TSG registered without reservation of the name - the registered name may be used for products which do not meet the specification, but the labelling of these products may not include the term "Traditional Speciality Guaranteed", the abbreviation "TSG" or the associated Community symbol.

The list of protected names can be found on the website of the European Commission in the database "DOOR": http://ec.europa.eu/agriculture/quality/door/list.html?locale=cs

2. Information for producers
2.1. Application for inclusion in the register:
Protected names are included in the register. Inclusion on the register can only be claimed by the group, i.e. in particular the association of producers or processors, regardless of its legal form or composition. Subject to fulfilling the requirements of Article 2 of Regulation (EC) No. 1898/2006, one natural or legal person may be regarded as a group. The requirements for application for the registration of a PDO or PGI are set out in Regulation (EC) No. 510/2006 and its implementing Regulation (EC) No. 1898/2006 as well as in Act No. 452/2001 Coll., on the Registration of a TSG, Regulation (EC) No. 509/2006 and its implementing Regulation (EC) No. 1216/2007.
Where the application concerns a geographical area in a member state, the legitimacy of the request submitted is initially reviewed by that state. The state shall publish the application and provide all parties with a legitimate interest, who live in or have a permanent residence in that Member State, with an appeal period in which they may file their objections. If a Member State, after the settlement of any objections, believes that the requirements of Regulation (EC) No. 510/2006 are fulfilled, it may forward the application to the European Commission (hereinafter referred to as the "Commission"). The Commission will review the application no later than 12 months after the referral has been made. If the application meets all the requirements, it will be published in the Official Journal of the European Union. Each Member State or third country (as well as any natural or legal person established or resident in the territory of a Member State other than the State submitting an application for registration or in a third country) has the possibility to object to the registration within 6 months of its publication.
If no objections are filed or if the Commission evaluates such objections as inadmissible, the Commission shall include the product in the register of protected designations and publish this registration in the Official Journal of the European Union.
If the Commission assesses the objections as admissible, negotiations will be initiated, with the aim to find an agreement between the interested parties. The parties will have 6 months to reach an agreement.
If agreement is reached, without major changes to the original specifications, the Commission shall include the protected designation in the register. If an agreement requires that greater changes to be made compared to the original specification, the Commission must re-examine the application and then publish its findings in order to allow objections proceedings to be opened.
If no agreement is reached, the Commission will make a decision on the registration or rejection, while taking the fair and traditional usage and the actual likelihood of confusion into account.
2.2. Modifications in the specification:
A request for a modification in a specification may be made by a Member State, on behalf of a group, i.e. an association of producers or processors of the food or product (in the above cases, a single natural or legal person). The request for the modification must include a description of the desired changes and a justification. The next steps depend on the type of changes or changes that should be made.
2.3. Cancelling of the registration:
If it is found that the rules regarding to the specifications have not been followed, the Commission may decide to cancel the registration.
2.4. Use of registered names, trademarks and symbols:
Names entered in the registers may be used by any person who places food products which meet the specification on the market.

Together with the registered name, the product shall be marked with the Community symbol or a designation of "Protected Designation of Origin" or "Protected Geographical Indication" or "Traditional Speciality Guaranteed".

Protected Designation of Origin - symbolProtected Geographical Indication - symbolTraditional speciality guaranteed - symbol

Every producer in a Member State or in a third country which is interested in using the name registered as a TSG, must inform the competent authorities of the Member State of this intention in advance.
2.5. Verification of compliance with the specifications:
Verification of compliance with the specifications for products bearing the PGI/PDO label must be carried out by the supervisory authorities named in the product specification, or by the competent authority designated by the Member State in the case of TSG labelled products, before placing the product on the market. The costs of such verification shall be borne by the operators subject to these controls.
2.6. Protection:
Registered names shall be protected against direct and indirect commercial use in respect of products covered by the registration, and against any practice that could mislead consumers. This protection also relates to linguistic mutations of the registered name (e.g. České pivo-Czech beer).
2.7. Checks:
All manufacturers of products with protected designations are regularly checked for their compliance with the requirements resulting from the specification for the product. Checks may also be carried out in the market, where the labelling and composition of the product is also evaluated.
3. Information for consumers
Products bearing the protected names are a guarantee of a certain quality and tradition for consumers. Before the protected names are entered in the register of protected designations, they are subjected to a detailed examination of whether they are eligible for registration by the Member State, the Commission, and subsequently during the process of application and approval, by all operators from the EU, or even from countries outside the EU. The products are evaluated to determine whether they are in fact products made using the traditional production process, and are really from the given geographical area, etc.
Manufacturers who use protected names are regularly subjected to checks, in order to verify whether they comply with the conditions of production for those products which are set out in the specification.
Products must be labelled with the name and registered as "Traditional Specialities Guaranteed" or "Protected Designation of Origin" or "Protected Geographical Indication", according to the type of protected name, or the associated Community symbol.
4. List of products of the Czech Republic, which bear one of the protected names
Product name
Type of protected designation
Inspection body supervising the manufacture/production of products with protected designations
Lovecký salám - Hunter´s Salami
TSG registered without reservation of the name
State Veterinary Administration
Špekáčky - Sausages
TSG registered without reservation of the name
State Veterinary Administration
Liptovský salám - Liptov Salami
TSG registered with reservation of the name
State Veterinary Administration
Spišské párky - Spiš Sausages
TSG registered with reservation of the name the name
State Veterinary Administration
Olomoucké tvarůžky - Olomouc Cheese
PGI
State Veterinary Administration
Jihočeská Zlatá Niva - South Bohemian Golden Niva Cheese
PGI
State Veterinary Administration
Jihočeská Zlatá Niva - South Bohemian Niva Cheese
PGI
State Veterinary Administration
Třeboňský kapr - Třeboň Carp
PGI
State Veterinary Administration
Pohořelický kapr - Pohořelice Carp
PDO
State Veterinary Administration
Brněnské pivo/Starobrněnské pivo - Brno Beer/Old Brno Beer
PGI
CAFIA
Březnický ležák - Březnice Lager
PGI
CAFIA
Budějovický měšťanský var - Budějovice Burgher´s Brew
PGI
CAFIA
Budějovické pivo - Budějovice Beer
PGI
CAFIA
Černá Hora
PGI
CAFIA
České pivo - Czech Beer
PGI
CAFIA
Českobudějovické pivo - České Budějovice Beer
PGI
CAFIA
Hořické trubičky - Hořice Filled Wafers
PGI
CAFIA
Chelčicko-lhenické ovoce - Fruit from the Chelčicko and Lhenicko Districts
PGI
CAFIA
Chodské pivo - Chodsko Beer
PGI
CAFIA
Karlovarské oplatky - Karlovy Vary Wafers
PGI
CAFIA
Karlovarské trojhránky - Karlovy Vary Triangles
PGI
CAFIA
Karlovarský suchar - Karlovy Vary Biscuits
PGI
CAFIA
Lomnické suchary - Lomnice Biscuits
PGI
CAFIA
Mariánskolázeňské oplatky - Mariánské Lázně Wafers
PGI
CAFIA
Pardubický perník - Pardubice Gingerbread
PGI
CAFIA
Štramberské uši - Štramberk Ears
PGI
CAFIA
Znojemské pivo - Znojmo Beer
PGI
CAFIA
Nošovické kysané zelí - Nošovice Pickled Cabbage
PDO
CAFIA
Český kmín - Czech Caraway Seeds
PDO
CAFIA
Chamomilla bohemica
PDO
CAFIA
Všestarská cibule - Všestary Onions
PDO
CAFIA
Žatecký chmel - Žatec Hops
PDO
Central Institute for Supervising and Testing in Agriculture
 
 
 

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