Under the European Union quality regime, The Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine has launched a national consultation on an application for Protected Geographical Indication (PGI) status for “Comeragh Mountain Lamb”.
This status recognises and protects foods with a unique link to a distinct geographical area, where at least one production step has taken place.
The DAFM believes this brings benefits to local economies and food tourism.
The Department revealed that the majority of the meat is from the Scotch Blackface breed, which are born and reared in County Waterford, more specifically in the Comeragh Mountain region.
The lambs are fed distinct and abundant habitat of wild grasses, flowers and herbs, which is believed to be the reasons behind the unique flavour and delicate texture.
The breed is renowned to survive in upland areas, having the ability to live outdoors.
Currently, the Irish island has four PGI products - Clare Island Salmon, Connemara Hill Lamb, Timoleague Brown Pudding, Waterford Blaa/ Blaa and three PDO (Protected Designation of Origin) products - Imokilly Regato Oriel Sea Minerals and Oriel Sea Salt.
In addition, Irish Whiskey, Irish Cream and Irish Poitín are registered Geographical Indications under (EC) No 110/2008. These three spirit drinks GIs are all-island GIs.
Comments can be submitted by interested parties up to 24th August by email to GeographicalIndications@agriculture.gov.ie or alternatively write to the GI Unit, Food Division, Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine, Kildare St. Dublin, 2.
Contact the DAFM via the above email or phone 01-6072371 in order to obtain more information.
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