Salt and minerals harvested from the Port of Oriel in Co Louth have been added to the register of Protected Designations of Origin (PDO).
Oriel Sea Salt and Oriel Sea Minerals join the list of recognised and protected EU food names with a unique link to a particular locality, in terms of quality, characteristics and tradition.
Congratulating the directors Brian Fitzpatrick and John Delany, marine minister Michael Creed said this was “great news for the producers. The Oriel Sea Salt and Oriel Sea Minerals names will enjoy the same protection recognition as Imokilly Regato PDO, Connemara Hill Lamb PGI and the Waterford Blaa/Blaa PGI.”
The GI (Geographical Indication) system provides brand protection for producers of traditional local foods, and taps into strong consumer interest in local provenance, tradition and quality.
The Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine is also engaging with other producers to progress applications to ‘national consultation stage’.
Oriel Sea Salt, which is harvested from the bay of Port Oriel in Co Louth, is naturally crystal white and does not require washing or rinsing. Harvesting of sea salt in Port Oriel dates back centuries when salt was a vital ingredient in preserving fish landed at the harbour for consumption, storage and subsequent transport to market.
Oriel Sea Minerals food supplement are concentrated sea mineral salts in liquid form.