What is the purpose of the declaration of denomination of origin Made in Mexico?

Apart from the products that it has bequeathed to the world, the nation has many more with a denomination of origin Made in Mexico. If you wonder what that is, here's the explanation.

Made in Mexico: the Ataulfo mango, from Soconusco, Chiapas, obtained the distinction in 2003. Photo: Creative Commons
Made in Mexico: the Ataulfo mango, from Soconusco, Chiapas, obtained the distinction in 2003. Photo: Creative Commons

Mexico is a country that from its pre-Hispanic cultures has bequeathed many of its original products to the world, but there are others that also have a denomination of origin Made in Mexico, that is, "the distinctive sign by which a product characteristic of a region is recognized," according to the Mexican Institute of Industrial Property (IMPI).

The IMPI is, according to an article of the Ministry of Economy, "the highest administrative authority in industrial property matters in Mexico, competent to issue declarations of protection of appellations of origin and authorize their use, as well as process and if necessary grant trademark registrations, among other powers.

In order for a product to have a declaration of this type, it must meet three requirements:

a) The denomination of origin must be constituted by the name of a place or geographical region of the country;

(b) That the name designates a product originating in that geographical region;

c) That the product has special characteristics and qualities with respect to products of the same class or species and that these are due exclusively to the geographical environment, including natural and human factors.

In the world, there are famous products with the denomination of origin, such as Roquefort cheese, Parma ham, a sparkling wine made in the French region of Champagne or Peruvian Pisco.

In the case of Mexico, 17 products have this distinction: tequila, mezcal, sotol, charanda, cod, vanilla Papantla, coffee from Veracruz, coffee from Chiapas, mango Ataulfo, habanero chili from the Yucatan peninsula, cacao Grijalva, olinalá from Guerrero, talavera from Puebla, amber from Chiapas, chile from Yahualica, raicilla and rice from the state of Morelos.

What is the declaration of denomination of origin good for?

The aim is to promote the formation and conservation of local products, train human capital in the production of qualified products, which in turn will teach these techniques to new generations and help develop viable technologies for sustainable production.

According to the Ministry of Economy, "denominations of origin are not obtained or granted by decree or by any authority, they exist only because of factual situations; that is to say, first they are used, they are famous and recognized by the public that consumes them, and later, they are protected by means of the corresponding declaration".

Supporting products that have a denomination of origin Made in Mexico is also a way to support Mexico and everything that emerges from its generous land.

By Mexicanist

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