Cyprus Mail

Halloumi PDO to be filed next month

By George Psyllides

A FILE to register halloumi as a product of protected designation of origin (PDO) will be submitted to the European Commission early in July, Agriculture Minister Nicos Kouyialis said yesterday.

“The halloumi file will be submitted in around 10 days,” the minister said, setting yet another date in what has become a long-drawn-out story of the island’s prized cheese.

“At the moment, the matter is before the advisory committee, which will complete its report and submit its findings by the end of the week.”

Kouyialis had previously said that the file would be submitted by mid-April. The submission date was then moved to June.

The minister said it was important to register the cheese as it may fall into the hands of other countries.

PDOs are designed to protect the names of regional foods and to ensure that only products originating in that region can be traded

Halloumi is a registered trademark but it has not been registered as a Protected Designation of Origin (PDO) under EU law due to disagreements among the island’s farmers and producers.

Cheesemakers disagreed with the ministry over the acceptable proportions of milk; it mandates a 51 per cent minimum of goat milk, which the association deems as unrealistic as available quantities in Cyprus did not allow for such a high percentage in halloumi production.

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