Bureau Veritas is control body for halloumi, PDO expected
Bureau Veritas has been appointed as the control body in charge quality control of the island’s traditional ‘halloumi’ goat’s cheese, lifting the final obstacle for the semi-soft white cheese to secure the long awaited protected designation of origin (PDO).
This means that dairy producers on both sides of the island’s divide will be able to export their products freely and combat any attempt by cheese-makers in other countries to copy or label halloumi, or ‘hellim’, as their own.
The decision was announced by the European Commission in Brussels, a day after Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker had a joint meeting with Cyprus President Nicos Anastasiades and Turkish Cypriot leader Mustafa Akinci in Nicosia after he said that the deadlock on the subject had been broken.
Agriculture Minister Nico Kouyialis had been shuttling back and forth to Brussels for just over a year, trying to raise political objections to the PDO, which had been hampering export opportunities for both Greek Cypriot and Turkish Cypriot communities.
Exports from the Republic are estimated at about EUR 85-90 mln a year, while hellim shipments from the Turkish