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14 November 2017, 03:52 | Erica Roy
Sweet news! Bengal granted Geographical Indication status for Rosogolla, says Mamata Banerjee
Bhubaneswar: West Bengal obtained the Geographical Indication (GI) tag for the origin of iconic sweet, Rasagola (known better as rasgulla elsewhere) from the union government on Tuesday.
However, two years on, and West Bengal can finally claim that the rasgulla is officially theirs.
India, as member of the World Trade Organisation (WTO), enacted the Geographical Indications of Goods (Registration & Protection) Act, 1999 that came into force from September 15, 2003.
The use of a geographical indication may act as a certification that the product possesses certain qualities, is made according to traditional methods, or enjoys a certain reputation, due to its geographical origin.
Officials say the ongoing row between West Bengal and Odisha over the ownership of Rasogolla could get renewed again.
West Bengal's chief minister Mamata Banerjee welcomed the decision saying in a Twitter post it was "sweet news for us all".
The fight between Odisha and West Bengal escalated after the Odisha's science and technology minister Pradip Kumar Panigrahi set up committees to trace the origin of Rosogolla.
"Sweet news for us all".
Odisha had claimed that the sweet originated in the Jagannath Temple of Puri and has been around since the 12th century. We are all so happy.
Other products that recently got the elite GI tag include Etikoppaka toys from Andhra Pradesh, Gobindobhog rice from West Bengal, Basmati rice from Madhya Pradesh and Banganapalle Mango of Andhra Pradesh.
West Bengal and neighbouring Odisha have been engaged in a legal battle over the origin of the cottage cheese-based sweet since June 2015.
The Geographical Identification authorities ruled out today that it is Bengal where the popular rosogolla originated. Bengal's rosogolla is off white and spherical in shape.
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