EU entering Potjesvlees uit de Westhoek in the register of protected designations of origin and protected geographical indications
What is a Protected Designation of Origin ?A Protected Designation of Origin (PDO) is part of the Protected Geographical Status system in the European Union (EU). This framework is designed to protect the integrity of European food and drink by carefully legislating the labeling of certain European products. When something is given a PDO, it means that only items produced in a specific area in a particular way may bear that label in the European market. For example, champagne has a PDO label, meaning that only sparkling wines produced in a specific style in the French region of Champagne may be labeled as “champagne.”
In addition to the PDO label, the European Union also offers the Protected Geographical Indicator (PGI) label, and the Traditional Specialty Guaranteed (TSG) label. These labels are used slightly differently from Protected Designations of Origin, but all are designed to protect foods which are unique to specific regions of Europe, especially rural areas.
The idea behind this system is that Europe has many very unique regional food traditions. By protecting these foods, the European Union can ensure that traditional methods of food production are preserved. The government can also encourage people to stay settled in rural areas by providing an economic incentive to produce traditional foods, and they can increase consumer confidence by certifying that foods with a PDO label are produced to a basic standard.
Voor meer uitleg rond dit onderwerp, zie ook http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Protected_designation_of_origin#Protected_designation_of_origin_.28PDO.29