Bengal Rosogolla gets GI Tag
India has awarded a "geographical indications" tag to rosogolla which means a ball of sweet, the king of Indian sweets, after a years-long battle between two neighboring states over the ownership rights. Luscious rosogolla, or sweet cheese balls dripping with sugar syrup, have long been a favorite dessert across the Indian subcontinent and among the diaspora.
On Tuesday 14th Nov. 2017, the federal commerce and industry ministry ruled that the sweet originated from West Bengal, giving it the coveted "geographical indications" tag.
The World Trade Organisation says "geographical indications" defines a good as originating in a particular territory of a member, or a region or locality in that territory, where a given quality, reputation or other characteristic of the good is available.