The production of food according to traditional recipes has become a way to increase the interest of a potential customer in a product whose origin is closely connected with a given region and production methods which have remained unchanged for generations. Traditional and regional products are receiving even greater consumer acceptance while significantly effecting the promotion and development of the region from which they originate.
Certification provides measurable benefit in the protection and promotion of traditional and regional products. Certification guarantees legal protection of the name, recipe, production methods and control over the production and the safety of any given product. These guarantees protect producers from unfair competition.
TÜV Rheinland Sp. z o.o., acting pursuant to a decision of Minister of Agriculture and Countryside Development no. PP-oz-kz-076-515/08 (2694) dated 07.08.2008 obtained an identification number OZ/jc-06/2008/PL and authorization to conduct audits, to issue and cancel certificates confirming compliance of the production process, farming products and food articles which have a protected name of origin, protected geographical status or is a guaranteed traditional specialty (certificate of specific nature) with the specification.
Benefits resulting from the certification of traditional and regional products:
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Protected name of origin refers to the name of a region, a specific place or, in exceptional cases, the country which is used to identify a farming product or food article coming from that region, a specific place or country; the specific quality, reputation or other characteristic feature of which can be assigned to it on the basis of this geographical origin; the production, processing or preparation of which take place in the given geographical region.
Protected geographical identification refers to the name of a region or specific place, or in exceptional cases, the name of a country used to describe a farming product or food article coming from that region, specific place or country. The product has a particular level of quality, reputation or other features assigned to it on the basis of its geographical origin. Production or processing of the product takes places in an accurately defined geographical area. „The geographical environment” is understood as the natural environment in combination with human factors such as, among others, climate, water, quality of soil or local know-how.
Guaranteed traditional specialty refers to a traditional farming product or food article recognized by the Community on the basis of its specific nature by means of its registration according to the Council Regulation (WE) no. 509/2006 dated 20th March 2006 on farming products and food articles which are guaranteed traditional specialties.
The most important difference between the Protected Name of Origin and Protected Geographical Identification is the strength of relation of the given product with the place of its origin. The Protected Names of Origin are used for products very closely connected with a given geographical area. In order to use the Protected Name of Origin, both the production of raw materials as well as the entire processing through to the final product must take place in the given (defined) area. In the case of Protected Geographical Identification, a product must be manufactured within the region of the name it carries, but in contrast to Protected Name of Origin, only one of the three production phases (production, processing, preparation) must take place in the given (defined) area.
The act pertaining to the registration and protection of names and identifications of farming products, food articles and about traditional products regulates the following issues:
1. Principles and procedures of evaluating applications for the registration of names of origin, geographical identifications and certificates of a specific nature.
2. Terms and conditions regarding temporary protection of names of farming products and food articles in the domestic area before registration at the EU level.
3. Principles and procedures of controlling farming products and food articles having a protected name of origin, protected geographical identification or certificate of a specific nature.
4. Terms and conditions for maintaining the List of Traditional Products
5. Penal sanctions for entities forging products whose names are protected.
The registered products are protected from:
The List of Traditional Products stems from the act on registration and protection of names and identifications of farming products, food articles and traditional products apart from regulations concerning registration of names at the EU level.
The List of Traditional Products includes those products whose quality or exceptional features and properties result from using traditional methods of production. Methods used for at least 25 years are regarded as traditional. Creating the List of Traditional Products is aimed at disseminating information about products manufactured using traditional, historically established methods.
The List of Traditional Products is continually published on the Ministry of Agriculture and Countryside Development website and printed annually in the Official Journal of the Ministry and Countryside Development (according to art. 55 of the act pertaining to the registration and protection of names and identifications of farming products food articles and traditional products).
1. Decorative flowers and plants
2. Hay, etheric oils, cork, cochineal, wicker
4. Other products listed in appendix I to the Treaty establishing the European Community
5. Fresh meat, edible giblets and processed meat (boiled, corned, smoked etc.)
7. Other products of animal origin (eggs, honey, various dairy products excluding butter)
8. Oils and fats (butter, margarine, oil etc.)
9. Fruits, vegetables, grains, fresh or their preserves
10. Fresh fish, molluscs, crustaceans and products made from them
12. Beverages from plant extracts
13. Bread, cake, tarts, cookies and other cake and baking products
14. Natural rubbers and resins
16. Chocolate and other products containing cocoa
17. Pasta boiled or not, stuffed or not
18. Prepared meals, ready sauces, spices, soups, broths
19. Milk-based or water-based ice-creams (sorbets)