The Commission has approved the addition of two products from Cambodia and Turkey to the register of Protected Designations of Origin (PDOs).
First ever Protected Geographical Indication (PGI) from Cambodia to be registered, 'ម្រេចកំពត' (Mrech Kampot) / ‘Poivre de Kampot’ are pepper berries of the Kamchay and the Lampong varieties growing in southern Cambodia. There are four different types of 'ម្រេចកំពត' / ‘Poivre de Kampot’ depending on the time of harvesting and the processing they receive afterwards: green, black, red and white pepper.
Produced in the Turkish province of Aydın, 'Aydın İnciri' is a variety of dried fig. The figs are dried in the sun using traditional methods. Aydın İnciri are of particular importance for the province and are present through villages' decorations and yearly festivals. This is the second Turkish product to be protected under the EU quality schemes after “Antep Baklavası” / “Gaziantep Baklavası” (PGI), registered in December 2013.
There are currently 23 geographical indications originating from third countries registered. These products benefit from the same protection and market added-value than EU protected products. These denominations will be added to the list of over 1 300 products already protected.