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Optional quality terms

Optional quality terms

Mountain product

As well as the PDO, PGI and TSG schemes, EU legislation establishes a scheme for optional quality terms to help producers communicate the attributes of their products. Such terms must add value, have a European dimension and relate to a product, farming or processing attribute which applies in specific areas.

Terms used to demonstrate compliance with the requirements of marketing standards, or which are optional reserved terms under such standards, are excluded from the scheme.

Mountain product

The Optional Quality Term 'Mountain Product' and associated conditions of use were established in June 2014. This facilitates the communication of the value-adding characteristics or attributes of products which qualify to use the term.

Other terms

Member States can maintain national rules on other optional quality terms, provided that these are not in conflict with EU law.

Product of island farming

The Commission is looking into the case for the optional quality term 'product of island farming'. This would be for products that had raw materials of island origin and any products processed on islands. Their report looks at the pros and cons of 'product of island farming' as a means to help island producers communicate the added-value characteristics of their products. The European Parliament and the Council will consider the report before deciding on whether to legislate for the term.