The European Commission has added Prague ham to the EU list of “traditional specialities guaranteed”.
The request for Prague ham to be given this status was lodged six years ago. Four other Czech meat products – traditional salamis and sausages (Lovecký salám, Liptovský salám, Špekáčky and Spišské párky) are already on the list.
There are three status:
- Protected Designation of Origin (PDO) means the product must be traditionally and entirely manufactured (prepared, processed and produced) within the specific region and thus acquire unique properties.
- Protected Geographical Indication (PGI) means the entire product must be traditionally and at least partially manufactured (prepared, processed or produced) within the specific region and thus acquire unique properties.
- Traditional Specialities Guaranteed (TSG) is an exclusive right over the registered product name, which can then only be used by producers who conform to the registered production method and product specifications, which must have been consistent for a minimum of 30 years.