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Athens seeks geographical protection for Greek yogurt from EU

Staff Writer | September 11, 2017
The Greek Ministry of Agriculture is hoping to persuade the European Union to introduce rules which forbid “Greek yogurt” being produced anywhere but in Greece.
Greek yogurt
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The European Union offers three special marks for products which are deemed unique — protected geographical indication (PGI), protected designation of origin (PDO) and traditional speciality guaranteed (TSG).

To qualify for PGI, a product must be produced, processed or prepared in a geographical area which it is associated with.

The EU will only give a product the PGI mark if they decide it has “a reputation, characteristics or qualities that are a result of the area.”

But Athens wants Greek yogurt to qualify for Protected Designation of Origin status as well as a PGI.

The Association of Greek Breeders has persuaded the Greek ministry of agriculture to establish a working group to prepare an application for it to get both PGI and PDO status.