Dr David Jukes, The University of Reading, UK

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Food Law News - EU - 2019

Commission News Item, 1 April 2019

FOOD QUALITY - New database for EU geographical indications aims to increase transparency and simplify search

Launched today 1 April 2019, the new public database 'eAmbrosia - the EU Geographical Indications registers' will give easy access to information on all EU Geographical Indications (GI), including their status (applied, published or registered), their product specification, and a direct link to the legal basis when they are officially protected.

Throughout 2019, the launch will be in three phases. Initially, the database will only comprise EU GI wines. By summer 2019, it will include EU GI spirit drinks. Finally, by the end of 2019, all EU GI agri-food products will be part of eAmbrosia.

Designed to replace the current databases for wine (e-Bacchus), spirits (e-Spirit-Drinks) and food (Door), eAmbrosia will include an easily searchable and intuitive interface. This new system will simplify the search for information about Geographical Indications and increase transparency for producers, national authorities and anyone curious about European GIs.


EU Geographical Indications legally protect more than 3,400 names of products in order to promote the unique characteristics and defend the traditional expertise of their producers. Each Geographical Indication has specific legal standards on how the product is made, while also serving as a guarantee for the quality of the products.

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