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Special status imminent for Pitsilia meat products

The EU is about to award coveted Protected Geographical Indication (PGI) status to three traditional meat products from the Pitsilia area of Cyprus.

To receive PGI status, an  entire product must be traditionally and at least partially manufactured (prepared, processed or produced) within the specific region, acquiring unique properties in this way.

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The status will ensure that smoked pork ham ‘hiromeri’, ‘loukaniko (sausage)’ and cured pork tenderloin ‘lountza’ made anywhere else cannot be described as being the Pitsilia version even if the same techniques are used.

The request was submitted by the Union of Traditional Pitsilia Cold Cut Producers.

Their efforts to gain PGI status for Pitslia posyrti (bacon,) however, did not win the necessary support of Agriculture Minister Nicos Kouyialis after an objection was lodged by the Cyprus Association of Cold Cut Industries.

Cyprus is still awaiting an answer on its halloumi protected designation of origin (PDO) application. To receive the PDO status, the entire product must be traditionally and entirely manufactured (prepared, processed and produced) within the specific region and thus acquire unique properties.

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