Bureau Ver­i­tas is con­trol body for hal­loumi, PDO ex­pected

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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

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