October 18, 2018 | Last Updated: October 18, 2018 01:04:36 PM

Five new products included in map of Geographical Indications

Section: Geosciences

With the introduction of cassava flour from Cruzeiro do Sul (AC), guaraná from Maués (AM), cheese from Colônia Witmarsum (PR), cacao nuts from the south of Bahia and socol from Venda Nova do Imigrante (ES), the Map of Geographical Indications in Brazil now has 58 certifications. The project is the result of a partnership between the IBGE and the National Institute of Industrial Property - INPI.

Geographical Indications are stamps that pinpoint the origin of products or services of certain localities. It provides consumers with reliable information on the quality and authenticity of what they are acquiring.

Origin and characteristics of newly certified products

The manufacture of cassava flour in Cruzeiro do Sul, Acre, is a family activity. Transmitted through generations and made in a communal way, the flour is well-known for its quality, crispness, uniform grain size, roasting process and characteristic flavor.

Originally produced by Indians, the guaraná from Maués, Amazonas, is also an old tradition. The product has a high level of caffeine, between 3 and 5%, which causes the Indians to call it "long-life elixir".

The socol from Venda Nova do Imigrante, Espírito Santo, is another certified product with an old tradition. Similar to ham, it is made of pork loin and it was introduced in Brazil by Italian immigrants around the 1880s.

As one of the major producers of cacao, the south of Bahia is another famous region for the quality of its products. The minimal fermentation index of 65%, natural aroma free from odd scents and humidity level below 8% are the major characteristics of this product.

On the other hand, the 20 tonnes of cheese produced per month in Colônia Witmarsum, Paraná, supply markets in the entire national territory.

Read more on the geographical indications in Brazil:

Cachaça, grapes and mangoes from Bahia have origin stamp

Products from São Bento de Urânia-ES, Marialva-PR, São Mateus do Sul-PR and from western Paraná are awarded quality certificate

Salinas, national capital of artisanal cachaça


Reporter: Raquel de Paula Macedo Vicente (estagiária sob supervisão)
Image: Associação Cacau Sul Bahia - ACSB (Divulgação)