"Malostonska kamenica" received the European protected designation of origin, the European Commission published in the Official Journal of the European Union on October 13, 2020.
Thus, "Malostonska kamenica" or “Mali Ston Oysters” is entered in the register of protected designations of origin and protected geographical indications and protected throughout the European Union, and guarantees the consumer the purchase of an authentic product, the Ministry of Agriculture announced.
The procedure for the protection of the name "Malostonska kamenica" began in August 2017, when the Association Stonski školjkari submitted a request to the Ministry of Agriculture for the protection of the mark of origin. The geographical area in which all stages of production of this delicacy take place includes the waters of the Mali Ston Bay, which belongs to the territory of the Republic of Croatia.
The uniqueness of the Mali Ston oyster stems from the unique natural characteristics of the Mali Ston Bay and the skills that have been developed during the centuries-old breeding tradition, the Ministry notes. The unique properties of the Mali Ston Bay area, the optimal amount and composition of food, the excellent quality of sea water with the application of traditional knowledge and skills directly reflect on the quality and properties of this esteemed product.
The Republic of Croatia now has 28 agricultural and food products whose name is registered in the European Union as a protected designation of origin or a protected geographical indication.