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.