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Jamaica Jerk Producers First To Apply For GI Mark

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A collection of sauce makers, Jamaica Jerk Producers Association Limited (JJPA), has applied for registration of the ‘Jamaica Jerk’ as a geographical indication mark.

It’s the first such application by any local group, Marcus Goffe, the manager of the Trademark Design and Geographical Indications Unit of the Jamaica Intellectual Property Office (JIPO), said Monday.

The application is now set for review by JIPO and should be available for public scrutiny in July. It will be advertised for two months in the event that there is any other group which wants to object, Goffe said.

The issue of the GI mark for jerk was first raised at the annual shareholder meeting of GraceKennedy Limited last Wednesday, May 28. GK is a member of JJPA and a manufacturer of jerk products sold on the international market.

Published in the Gleaner
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