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EUROPEAN COMMISSION DAILY NEWS - 28 FEBRUARY
28 Feb 2019

EUROPEAN COMMISSION DAILY NEWS – 28 FEBRUARY

Brussels Daily

Agriculture: the Commission approves protected geographical indication from Mexico

The European Commission has approved today the addition of ‘Tequila’ , a Mexican spirit drink, in the register of Protected Geographical Indication (PGI). Tequila is obtained by distilling the juices extracted from the heart of the blue agave that may be enriched and blended with other sugars. The source of the raw material used to make the beverage and the processing are both located in several regions in the Centre and West of Mexico, including the actual town of Tequila in the state of Jalisco. The existence of blue agave and its different uses can be traced back to the pre-Colombian era. The word ‘Tequila’ is derived from the Nahuatl terms ‘tequi’ and ‘tlan‘, meaning ‘cutting place’ or ‘place of paying tax’. There are currently 31 geographical indications protected in the EU register originating from third countries (food, wines and spirits included), benefitting from the same protection and market added-value than EU protected products. More information: webpages on quality products and e-bacchus database of protected wines and spirits. (For more information: Daniel Rosario – Tel: +32 229 56 185; Clémence Robin – Tel: +32 229 52 509)

Read the European Commission – Daily News in full here

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