One of the most famous Croatian cheeses is now a protected trademarked product, Pag cheese from the island of the same name has been recognised by the European Union.
The European Commission announced on Monday that "Pag cheese" has been registered in the register of protected designations of origin and protected geographical indications. The process of protecting the name "Pag cheese" began in July 2017, when the Association of Pag cheese producers from the island of Pag submitted a request to the Ministry of Agriculture for the protection of the designation of origin called "Pag cheese".
The Republic of Croatia now has 24 agricultural and food products registered in the European Union as a protected designation of origin or a protected geographical indication. These include Krk prosciutto, Neretva mandarin, Istrian prosciutto, Dalmatian prosciutto, Zagorje turkey, Krk olive oil, Korcula olive oil, Pag lamb, Slavonian honey, and Pag salt.
The EU trademark or geographical indication appearing on the packaging guarantees the consumer the purchase of an authentic product.
The geographical area of production of "Pag cheese" includes the area of the island of Pag and two islands. "Pag cheese" is a sheep cheese made from whole sheep's milk of the original breed of Pag sheep. The specificity of Pag sheep breeding is based on their full-day pasture in the pastures and the consumption of aromatic and medicinal plants, which is reflected not only in the amount of milk produced, but also in its chemical composition and processing properties.
Another recognition for indigenous Croatian agricultural products after the European Commissioner for Agriculture and Rural Development, Phil Hogan, and Agriculture Minister Marija Vuckovic at the last meeting in China this November confirmed the agreement on the first six protected Croatian products to be found on the Chinese market, Neretva Mandarin, Baranja kulen, Dalmatian prosciutto, Drniški prosciutto, Lika potato and the red wine from Peljesac Dingac.