The fate of Cyprus' main export product, Halloumi, appears uncertain as its certification as a product with Protected Designation of Origin (PDO) is being challenged.
The issue of halloumi PDO (Protected Designation of Origin) and the related agreement.
Minister of Agriculture, Rural Development and Environment Petros Xenophontos made statements related to halloumi during his visit to the 4th Halloumi and Trahana Festival that took place in Meniko.
The agreement reached by halloumi producers and the Cypriot government a year ago, which allowed the halloumi file to be approved for PDO certification in July 2022, appears to be in jeopardy again.
Τhe leading producer of dairy products of Cyprus Charalambides Christis exhibited its products. Charalambides Christis export 40% of the halloumi they produce annually to 35 different countries.
Cypriot halloumi be included in the list of products that can be exported to Australia duty-free.
The Court of Justice of the European Union ruled again against the appeal of Cyprus regarding the products imitating the certified PDO halloumi, effectively vindicating the imitators of the product from Bulgaria and Sweden.
Following the requests submitted by the Cyprus Cheesemakers’ Association, The Ministry of Agriculture introduced changes to the PDO legislative framework for halloumi.
According to a statement from the Ministry of Agriculture, the Cyprus Cheesemakers Association requested changes to the existing PDO (Protected Designation of Origin) agreement for halloumi, mainly on the production process of the cheese.
Halloumi is the most profitable export product of Cyprus and it's known to be the main export product of the island. Τhe demand for halloumi is growing globally at a spectacular rate.