More assurances that Bordeaux wine is the genuine stuff
Parliament has passed new laws that will give consumers greater assurance of products which usually identify themselves as originating from a certain region, marking themselves apart as having met certain standards of quality.
Well-known examples include Bordeaux for its wine, Darjeeling for tea and Tuscany for olive oil.
The Geographical Indications Bill paves the way for a Geographical Indications or GI registry, which will provide enhanced protection for registered GIs and improved border enforcement measures.
GIs are terms which are used to inform consumers that a product comes from a particular place.
Such goods often fall under the category of food and drinks.
Currently, GIs are already protected in Singapore in accordance with the World Trade Organization Agreement on Trade-Related Aspects of Intellectual Property Rights (TRIPS) standards.
But the present Act does not require GIs to be registered before they enjoy the relevant type of protection under TRIPS.
The new bill is the result of recently concluded Free Trade Agreement negotiations with the European Union in which Singapore has agreed to take steps to bring into force, by strengthening the country's GI regime.
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