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Cyprus Internet Directory [ New delay in bid to secure halloumi trademark ]

New delay in bid to secure halloumi trademark

GOVERNMENT efforts to register halloumi as a Protected Designation of Origin (PDO) have been foiled before the file even made it as far as the European Commission, reports said yesterday.

A temporary court order blocking Agriculture Minister Fotis Fotiou from going ahead with the application in light of a pending legal suit with the Alpina farm is the latest obstacle in an ongoing saga.

On Friday, the government gazette published the Cyprus Cheesemakers’ Association’s application to register halloumi as a PDO. The Agriculture Minister also had plans to send the application to the European Commission for review.
But objections from goat and sheep farmers have put a spanner in the works yet again. The affected farmers had long warned the government that they would not allow the application to go ahead as long as they were dissatisfied with the application’s contents.

In this instance, the Alpina Farm is objecting over Fotiou’s refusal to include Alpina goat milk in the production of halloumi. The farm is claiming the minister’s decision is unfair and discriminates against different groups of dairy producers.

In the meantime, a group of goat and sheep farmers is planning to go to court to insist that only sheep and goat milk, and not cow milk, is used in the production of the traditional cheese.

The issue of registering halloumi as a PDO has been ongoing this past year. Objections over the production of the cheese have repeatedly come up, delaying the application process time and again.

The PDO law is designed to protect the names of regional foods, and ensures that only products genuinely originating in that region are allowed in commerce as such.
Its purpose is to protect the reputation of the regional foods and eliminate the unfair competition and misleading of consumers by non-genuine products, which may be of inferior quality or of different flavour.

Products include the names of wines, cheeses, hams, sausages, olives, beers, and even regional breads, fruits, and vegetables.

(Source: Cyprus Mail)

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