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Geographical Indications

A geographical indication (GI) is a distinctive sign used to identify a product as originating in the territory of a particular country, region or locality where its quality, reputation or other characteristic is linked to its geographical origin. GIs are registered under one of two EU regulations:

  • EC regulation 110/2008 on the definition, description, presentation, labelling and the protection of geographical indications of spirit drinks, under which Scotch Whisky is registered; and
  • EU regulation 1151/2012 on quality schemes for agricultural products and foodstuffs, under which Protected Food Names are registered.