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segunda-feira, 13 de novembro de 2017

Greek yogurt is produced only in Greece, Commission warns Prague

Monday, 13 November 2017
AGRIFOOD WEEKLY

The product name “Greek yoghurt” is not protected by a geographical indication.
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“The Commission is in contact with the Czech authorities on this matter and expressed its position in a detailed opinion that was transmitted to the Czech authorities,” the EU official said.

Greek Minister of Agricultural Development and Food Evangelos Apostolou sent a letter to the EU’s agriculture and food safety Commissioners, Phil Hogan and Vytenis Andriukaitis, expressing his disagreement with a 2015 Czech Republic’s draft decree laying down requirements for milk and dairy products, ice creams and edible fats and oils to the Commission [See background].

For Athens, both the name “Greek” yogurt and “Greek-style” yogurt is contrary to the EU Regulation on the provision of food information to consumers, which says consumers should not be misled.
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Commission warns Prague about ‘Greek-style' yoghurt use


The use of “Greek yoghurt” labeling in a Czech Republic draft bill has angered the Syriza-led Greek government  – which has urged the Commission to intervene.
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EURACTIV has learnt that the EU executive is currently examining two letters on the actions of the Czech authorities on this issue received by the Greek government and the Federation of Greek Dairy Industries and reflecting on the follow-up actions on this matter.
 
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