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quarta-feira, 9 de agosto de 2017

Athens to seek geographical protection for ‘Greek yoghurt’

Athens is seeking to ensure a Protected Designation of Origin as well as a Protected Geographical Indication for its yogurt.
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The product name ‘Greek yogurt’ is not protected by a geographical indication but comes under the EU Regulation on the provision of food information to consumers.

Following a proposal by the Association of Greek Breeders, the Greek ministry of agriculture established a 14-member working group which will prepare the technical details of an application for registration of the name ‘Greek yoghurt’ under the EU food quality schemes to get a geographical indication.

Particularly, Athens is seeking to ensure a Protected Designation of Origin as well as a Protected Geographical Indication for its yoghurt.
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“We are taking another important step in securing our traditional product, Greek yoghurt, which is famous for its unique quality on European and international markets,” Greek Agriculture Minister Evangelos Apostolou commented, adding that with this move another priority is to ensure the income of yoghurt producers as well as producers of raw materials.
 
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