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May 1, 2003 Vol. 58 No. 9 Back to Bulletin Main Page

Mango Variety Granted Appellation of Origin

On February 25, 2003, the Mexican government, through the Official Gazette, published Comunicado No. 14 – 2003 titled “Abstract of the application for the declaration (protection) of the Appellation of Origin: Mango Ataulfo del Soconusco Chiapas,” a declaration that the term “Mango Ataulfo del Soconusco Chiapas” is an appellation of origin for a specific kind of mango fruit produced in several regions of Chiapas, Mexico. The fruit weighs approximately three-quarters of a pound (approximately .35 kg), is sweet-flavored with rough, yellow skin, and is sold mainly in the states of Chiapas, Oaxaca, Jalisco and Tabasco.

The production of this kind of tropical fruit started in 1963 in the Soconusco region and the protection of its appellation of origin will exist as long as the combination of natural elements and human effort that created it continues to do so.

Once the two-month opposition period passes, the Mexican government will request a declaration of international protection for the term “Mango Ataulfo del Soconusco Chiapas” under the Lisbon Agreement.


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