Quality agricultural products: Indian tea receive protected status in the EU
The term "Darjeeling" has been formally registered as a Protected Geographical Indication (PGI) for an Indian tea. It has been added to the more than 1000 names of agricultural products and foodstuffs protected as PGI or PDO (Protected Designation of Origin).
It is the seventh non-EU name of a product receiving the protected status, following on from Columbian coffee and 5 Chinese products.
For existing blends mixing Darjeeling tea with non-Darjeeling tea, the Regulation foresees a five-year transitional period during which the term can continue to be used. After this period these blends have to change their name.