Quality agricultural products: Chinese "Pinggu Da Tao" peach receives protected status in the EU
The name "平谷大桃 (Pinggu Da Tao)" has been formally registered as a Protected Denomination of Origin (PDO) for a peach belonging to a species of Prunus grown in the hills and countryside of the Yanshan Mountains in the Pinggu region of the Beijing District.
The name has been added to the more than 1000 names of agricultural products and foodstuffs (among them 11 non-EU products) protected as PGI (Protected Geographical Indication) or PDO. It is the ninth Chinese product name receiving the protected status.
This protection takes places in the framework of the so-called "10+10 project", in which the EU and China committed themselves to mutually grant protection on each other's territories to 10 of each other's agricultural product names. The related registration procedures have nearly been completed, with one Chinese and three European denominations still to be registered. In addition, the EU and China are working on a mutually beneficial bilateral agreement on geographical indications and a fifth negotiation round was held in Brussels on 13 and 14 September 2012.
Other Chinese denominations registered to date in addition to the Pinggu Da Tao, include the wild shellfish Yancheng Long Xia (PGI), the garlic Jinxiang Da Suan (PGI), the green tea Longjing cha (PDO), the fruit Guanxi Mi You (PDO), the apple Shaanxi ping guo (PDO), the yam Lixian Ma Shan Yao (PGI), the pastas Longkou Fen Si (PGI) and the vinegar Zhenjiang Xiang Cu (PGI).