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Protected geographical food and drink names: applications, objections and decisions

Applications, changes and cancellations for consideration under the UK geographical indications (GI) schemes, how to object and appeal against decisions.

Each geographical indication (GI) scheme will publish a list of geographical product names with applications to register for these UK schemes:

  • protected food, drink and agricultural product names
  • spirit drinks names
  • wine and aromatised wine names
  • traditional terms for wine products

The Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) publishes eligible product names.

You can object to a request to:

  • add a product name
  • make a substantial change to a product specification
  • cancel the registration of a product name

You can appeal against decisions.

Defra publishes a notice of its decision to a minor change to a product specification, but you cannot object to a minor change.

Application requests

We will publish eligible product names for consideration. You can object to the application.

Substantial change requests

Substantial changes to UK registered products are reconsidered for protected status. You can object to a substantial change request.

Substantial change requests

Product name Category Date of submission Country of origin Published
Melton Mowbray Pork Pie 1.2 Meat products 5 July 2023 UK No
Gower Salt Marsh Lamb 1.1 Fresh meat 22 November 2023 UK No
Scottish Farmed Salmon 1.7 Fresh fish, molluscs, and crustaceans and products derived therefrom 8 March 2023 UK Yes

Cancellation requests

You can object to producers’ requests to cancel products registered on the UK register.

Decisions and how to appeal

See the published decision to:

  • register or not register a protected product name on the UK registers
  • accept or reject a substantial change to a product specification
  • cancel or not cancel a product name from the UK registers

Registrations

Registration date Product specification and decision notice
24 July 2023 Single Malt Welsh Whisky/Wisgi Cymreig Brag Sengl: geographical indication (GI)
16 February 2023 New Forest Pannage Ham: Protected Geographical Indication (PGI)
1 December 2022 Welsh Leeks: Protected Geographical Indication (PGI)
5 July 2022 Sussex: protected designation of origin (PDO)
21 September 2021 Cambrian Mountains Lamb: protected geographical indication (PGI)
21 September 2021 Watercress: traditional speciality guaranteed (TSG)
11 August 2021 Gower Salt Marsh Lamb: protected designation of origin (PDO)

Cancellations

Cancellation date Product specification and decision notice
29 August 2022 Swaledale Cheese (PDO)

Substantial changes

Change effective from Approval notice
23 November 2023 Beacon Fell Traditional Lancashire Cheese (PDO)

Unsuccessful applications

Decision date Decision notice
3 May 2023 Dundee cake (PGI)
Published 31 December 2020
Last updated 9 January 2024 + show all updates
  1. Added Scottish Farmed Salmon to list of substantial change requests.

  2. Added Melton Mowbray Pork Pie and Gower Salt Marsh Lamb as substantial change requests.

  3. Substantial changes section added under Decisions and how to appeal. Link to Beacon Fell Traditional Lancashire Cheese approval notice added under Substantial changes.

  4. Beacon Fell Traditional Lancashire Cheese PDO and Scottish Farmed Salmon PGI removed from 'Substantial change requests'. The opportunity to object period is closed.

  5. Scottish Farmed Salmon PGI added to substantial change requests.

  6. Added 'Beacon Fell Traditional Lancaster Cheese PDO' to Substantial change requests.

  7. Added Single Malt Welsh Whisky/Wisgi Cymreig Brag Sengl to the list of registrations, with a registration date of 24 July 2023.

  8. 'Unsuccessful applications' section added under 'Decisions and how to appeal'. Link to Dundee cake product specification and decision notice added to 'Unsuccessful applications' section.

  9. Added New Forest Pannage Ham to the list of Registrations, with a registration date of 16 February 2023.

  10. Added Welsh Leeks to the list of Registrations, with a registration date of 1 December 2022.

  11. Swaledale Cheese has been added to the 'Decisions and how to appeal' section following the decision to cancel its protected status.

  12. Removed the 'Swaledale Cheese cancellation request: opportunity to object' notice from the cancellation requests section as the deadline to submit applications expired on 25 May 2022.

  13. Added Sussex to product specification and decision notice under Decisions. Registration date is 5 July 2022.

  14. Removed the opportunity to object notices for Wiltshire Cured Ham, Wiltshire Cured Bacon and Wiltshire Cured Gammon and Japanese GI product names proposed by Japan for protection in the UK, because the notice period to object has expired.

  15. Added 'Swaledale Cheese cancellation request: opportunity to object' and 'Cancel a protected geographical product name' to the cancellation requests section. Added 'Object to an application to register, change or cancel a geographical food or drink name' to the application requests section.

  16. Added the opportunity to object to 39 Japanese GI product names being considered for UK GI protection.

  17. Added Dundee Cake opportunity to comment notice.

  18. Added Wiltshire Cured Ham, Wiltshire Cured Bacon, Wiltshire Cured Gammon notice for consultation.

  19. The application for Sussex wine is open for consultation.

  20. Decision notices for Cambrian Mountains Lamb and Watercress added.

  21. Parmo prepared meals and Single Malt Welsh Whisky have been added to the applications for a Geographical Indication.

  22. Added the decision for Gower Salt Marsh Lamb to become a protected designation of origin.

  23. The opportunity to object to 2 product name applications has opened: Cambrian Mountains Lamb and Watercress.

  24. Added the latest product names applications.

  25. First published.