Australia’s dairy industry has added its voice to that of British specialist cheese producers, who are objecting to Cyprus’ PDO application for halloumi/hellim.
Dairy Australia media manager, said via email that the protected designation of origin (PDO) application will affect countries that have bilateral trade agreements with the EU. Noting that although the cheese was not one of their most important exports, they intend to object to the application as a matter of principal.
Pearce explained that Australia is struggling against these kind of protection measures imposed by the USA and the EU, adding that they have already objected to the labelling of different products as PDO in the past.
He also said that after the designation of feta cheese as PDO, Australia continued to produce feta and was exporting it to South Korea as “white hard cheese”.