The European Commission has adopted a proposal for a Council regulation on the registration of the Greek "Feta" cheese as a Protected Designation of Origin (PDO).

According to the proposal, "Feta" cheese can only be produced in certain areas of Greece and respecting strict product specifications. Producers in other Member States or not respecting these specifications will be given a maximum five-year transitional period to change the name or to stop production.

"Protection of geographical names is a key to promoting quality produce and increasing transparency," commented Franz Fischler, European Commissioner for Agriculture, Rural Development and Fisheries. ""Feta" cheese should not be an exception," he said. Marketing cheese as "Feta" when it is not produced strictly according to its product specifications is misleading consumers. These specifications require that the cheese is both produced in the specified traditional way and within the clearly delineated original production region".

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