Traditional Agro-Food Products of Malta

The concept of traditional Agricultural-Food Products is subject to interpretation as everyone has a different idea of what traditional really means. One can interpret traditional as something being a typical dish only prepared and served in Malta. Whilst others may include various foods brought in by foreigners and integrated throughout the years as a Maltese product. To address this issue, a legal notice was drafted to define what constitutes traditional products and a board will be having the final say following a public consultation procedure. The purpose of an official register is to serve as an official reference to the genuine traditional agro-food products. 


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LEGAL BASIS


S.L. 427.89​ Establishment of the National Register of Traditional Agro-Food Products of Malta Regulations.


1.  HOW CAN ONE PUT FORWARD A REQUEST FOR THE INCLUSION OF A PRODUCT IN THE NATIONAL REGISTER OF TRADITIONAL AGRO-FOOD PRODUCTS OF MALTA ?

Anyone can put forward a product or recipe which they believe should be included and officially recognised in the National Register of Traditional Agro-Food Products of Malta. The Register shall include the name of the product, the area of origin, a description of the product and of its processing, preservation and ageing methods, the materials used for the product’s preparation and the product’s history and tradition. In this regard an application form MT ​EN  must be compiled and submitted online. The Competent Authority upon receiving the submission, compiles the application forms which are then forwarded to the Traditional Agro-Food Products of Malta Board. 

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​​​​​​​​2.   THE ROLE OF THE TRADITIONAL AGRO-FOOD PRODUCTS OF MALTA BOARD

The role of the Traditional Agro-Food Products of Malta Board is to evaluate the product or products submitted for the inclusion in the Register and shall decide whether such products have been approved or rejected as being traditional agro-food products of Malta. 


3.   PUBLIC CONSULTATION ON THE NATIONAL REGISTER OF TRADITIONAL AGRO-FOOD PRODUCTS OF MALTA

Following the evaluation made by the Traditional Agro-Food Products of Malta Board the recommended products are then put forward to the Agriculture Directorate within the Ministry for Agriculture, Fisheries and Animal Rights for the launching of a public consultation. 

The general public as well as all interested stakeholders will then be invited to provide their feedback by logging on www.konsultazzjoni.gov.mt​ , finding Public consultation on the National Register of Traditional Agro-Food Products of Malta to access all relevant documentation electronically, and provide feedback via the email link provided. 


Any previous and open public consultation are enlisted in the table below. 

 

Public Consultation List

Date Published

Closing Date

Stage

Documents

P. Con 1

08/04/2020

07/05/2020

Open

MTEN​


 

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