Comeragh Lamb to join blaa and Champagne on EU list
Waterford's Comeragh Mountain Lamb could soon join floury blaas and bottles of Champagne on the EU Protected Geographical Indication (PGI) list.
The Department of Agriculture has launched a national consultation process to secure the status and to protect the meat against imposters.
If successful, the lamb meat will join other Irish PGI products such as Clare Island Salmon, Connemara Hill Lamb, and Timoleague Brown Pudding.
Comeragh Mountain Lamb meat comes from Scotch Blackface lambs, that are born and reared in the Comeragh Mountains region of Co Waterford.
They are known for their hardy nature. The lambs graze on grass, flowers, herbs and heathers in the Comeragh Mountains range, providing the meat with its particular flavour and delicate texture.
Other delicacies already given protected geographical status by Brussels include Parma ham, Feta cheese and Cornish pasties.
The Waterford blaa gained the status in 2013. The blaa reportedly dates back to the arrival in Ireland of French Huguenots escaping religious persecution during the 1690s.