It’s hoped that a black pudding made in Kerry will join the ranks of champagne, Parmesan cheese and Parma ham and get official protection for the geographical area in its name. The Department of Agriculture & Food is making an application on behalf of Sneem Black Pudding for Protected Designation of Origin status Kieran Burns and Peter O’Sullivan are the men behind Sneem Black Pudding. A Protected Designation of Origin or a PDO is one of three EU schemes designed to protect and promote names of quality agricultural products and foodstuffs. If the application is successful, the south Kerry delicacy will join a handful of Irish products to have achieved either PDO or Protected Geographical Indication (PGI) status. These include Timoleague Brown Pudding, Imokilly Regato, Connemara Hill Lamb and the Waterford Blaa. Well-known European products such as Feta cheese, Chablis wine and Champagne also have the status. Interested parties have until June 15 to submit comments on the application which can be made by email or post to the Department of Agriculture’s GI Unit on Kildare Street. On completion of the national consultation process, the PDO application will be submitted to the EU Commission for review.