SELECTED SPECIFIC FOODS AND AGRICULTURAL PRODUCTS WITH PROTECTED DESIGNATION IN REGIONS OF THE SLOVAK REPUBLIC AS A MEMBER STATE OF THE EUROPEAN UNION
Published: 14 Aug 2018
Abstract: Foodstuffs and agricultural products with origins in individual regions of Slovakia constitute historically a specific part of the food assortment existing in Europe. Accession of Slovakia to the EU means an option for the country to protect its regional specialities, foodstuffs and agricultural products on the level of the European Union by inclusion of these products into the quality scheme. The registration of such items is carried out pursuant the Regulation (EU) No. 1151/2012 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 21 November 2012 on quality schemes for agricultural products and foodstuffs and Regulation (EU) 668/2014 effective from 3 January 2013. Quality policy of the EU is based on the philosophy of quality development of original, traditional agricultural products and foodstuffs, their protection and promotion of sale, what also means support to the regions where they are produced. The quality scheme has been created as a counter-measure to the increasing trade with faked products and foods misusing the traditional names of original products. The quality policy of the European Union accepts, protects, promotes, registers, and controls agricultural products and foodstuffs under three categories: 1. Protected designation of origin (PDO), 2. Protected geographical indication (PGI), and 3. Traditional speciality guaranteed (TSG). As of 31 January 2018, the Slovak Republic has registered 2 PDO products, 10 PGI products and 7 TGS products. The principal objective of the article is to identify and characterize regions of selected agricultural foodstuffs and products registered in categories PDO.
Keywords: foods, products, lowlands, Žitavská paprika, stupavské zelé, european union, slovak republic
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