Appellation d’origine contrôlée (AOC), which translates as "controlled designation of origin" is the French certification granted to certain French geographical indications for wines, cheeses, butters, and other agricultural products,

The organization stresses that AOC products will be produced in a consistent and traditional manner with ingredients from specifically classified producers in designated geographical areas. The products must further be aged at least partially in the respective designated area.

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Isigny and Poitou Charente, Honey from the Island of Corsica, in 1925 Roquefort became the first cheese to be awarded an AOC label, and since then over 40 cheeses have been assigned AOC status.