After years of preparation, the official request has gone in for the recognition of Czech blue poppy seeds with a European Union Protected Geographical Identification (PGI).
“The enrolment on the PGI register would serve to limit imports of cheap technical-grade poppy seeds, which particularly pour in from Spain, France, Hungary and Australia,” said Stanislava Koprdová, head of the Czech Blue Poppy Association.
Technical-grade poppy seeds are primarily produced abroad for the pharmaceutical industry. But some firms are known to blend them into poppy seed mixes, which they then pass off as entirely Czech products. The EU awards PGIs to promote and protect the good names of quality agricultural products and foodstuffs.