Two Irish products have recently been granted Protected Designation of Origin (PDO) status under the European Union’s quality regime.
Oriel Sea Salt is a fine-grain, porcelain white salt harvested from Bay of Port Oriel in Louth which is highly praised among Irish chefs due to its purity and strength. The tradition of sea salt harvesting in the area can be traced back for centuries as it was a crucial ingredient in preserving fish.
Oriel Sea Minerals are concentrated sea mineral salts in liquid form and are harvested from the ocean waters by Oriel Marine Extracts. This product can be diluted in beverages or soups for a natural food supplement that is effectively absorbed by the body.
“This is great news for the producers of two special products from the bay of Port Oriel in Co Louth,” said Marine Minister Michael Creed regarding the decision. The PDO register recognises quality products which are connected to a specific European region and tradition. Famous examples include Champagne, Parmesan cheese and Prosciutto di Parma.
Other Irish products with PDOs include Imokilly Regato, Waterford Blaa and Connemara Hill Lamb. This year, applications for Sneem Black Pudding and Wexford Blackcurrants were instroduced and are currently pending.
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