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Market Checks For PDO Halloumi Compliance, Supermarkets Say They Are Ready

Market Checks For PDO Halloumi Compliance, Supermarkets Say They Are Ready

Ministry of Agriculture officials began on Monday widespread checks in supermarkets to ensure compliance with the specifications of halloumi as a Protected Designation of Origin (PDO) product, following the expiry of the transition period for the disposal of old stocks. 

Director of Department of Agriculture Androulla Georgiou told CNA that the checks started first from the larger supermarkets where the whole range of products is available and the sample is more representative, and they will be followed by checks in smaller stores, adding that so far no cases of non-compliance have been detected.

Regarding potential price increases of PDO halloumi, she said that this was mainly due to the Ukrainian crisis and the increase in fodder prices internationally. At the same time, she noted that it was good that increases in milk took place, as the livestock sector needed support.

Regarding checks on halloumi standards abroad, Georgiou said that these would be based on the EU RASFF early warning system and there would be an alert if a product with the name halloumi was to be found without the PDO stamp.

On his part, Executive Secretary of the Pancyprian Supermarkets Association Andreas Hadjiadamou, told CNA that supermarkets are fully prepared for the distribution of PDO halloumi. He also expressed his satisfaction for the very good management by the Ministry of Agriculture in terms of the transition and adjustment times, which allowed the depletion of cheese stocks that did not meet the PDO specifications.

Regarding the price, Hadjiadamou said that at the moment the price of PDO halloumi has increased by between 1 and 2 euros compared to the product marketed until now, the price of which ranged between 12 and 13 euros per kilo.

At the same time, he expressed the hope that another type of halloumi cheese would be launched on the market, with a different name, which, despite not meeting the PDO standard, would be a competitive product to halloumi and would give consumers the option of shopping at lower prices.

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