Regional Office for Europe and Central Asia (REU)

Croatian mandarins, sausage earn heritage certification

Mandarin oranges and a unique local sausage – from Croatia’s Neretva Valley and Baranja region – are set to benefit from two new “Geographical Indications” under an EU scheme for recognizing traditional foods and food products.

The Neretva mandarin and the Baranjski kulen (sausage) were successfully registered as the result of a joint project of FAO and the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development.

Recognition of these two products is expected to serve as an example and pave the way for producers of other traditional foods in the Balkans.

Geographical Indication, or “GI,” is a name that certifies a product’s specific location or origin. Foods that benefit from Geographical Indication are generally traditional products that have been produced by rural communities over generations, and that have gained a reputation on the market for their specific qualities. Some 10 000 registered GI products worldwide are estimated to account for a combined annual trade value of USD 50 billion.

As international recognition and consumer demand for sustainably produced foods increase, GI products could give a significant boost to family farmers.