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Protected Geographical Indication (PGI)
A Protected Geographical Indication establishes a link between a product and a region by recognizing that a product has special characteristics attributed to its production region.
In this context, some of the product’s characteristics, as well as its reputation, link the product with a particular region. The product is thus geographically identified with its region.
In the case of a Protected Geographical Indication, only the product preparation stage that imparts its characteristics must be located within the designation region. The product may enjoy a widely recognized reputation associated with its region, but the link with the terroir is only apparent during one of the production, processing or preparation stages. Product preparation stages that are not specific to the region can thus be carried out outside the designation region.