Geographical indications of origin

A sign used on goods that have a specific geographical origin and possess qualities or a reputation that are due to that place of origin. It ensures that specific Norwegian products receive the protection and recognition they need.

As in EU countries, it is also possible in Norway to register protected names for Norwegian agricultural products, fish and fishery products.

The use of geographical indications for wines and spirits not from the geographical area concerned is prohibited. An example of this is champagne. The term "champagne" is not allowed for sparkling wine unless it is produced in the Champagne region of France.

The marking scheme is administered by the Food Safety Authority through "Matmerk", and provides the opportunity to protect product names for this type of goods if they have a specific geographical origin, tradition or distinctive character.

You can find more information about geographical origin and protected designations at:

Matmerk
www.beskyttedebetegnelser.no/

 

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