Greek Yogurt Is Ours: Athens Seeks Geographical Protection From EU


The Greek Ministry of Agriculture is hoping to persuade the European Union to introduce rules which forbid “Greek yoghurt” being produced anywhere but in Greece.

They want the product to receive the same geographical protection as Champagne, Parma ham and Wensleydale cheese.

To make Greek yogurt, regular yogurt is strained extensively to remove liquid whey and lactose, leaving behind a thicker-textured yogurt.

In 2016, Greece and the Czech Republic clashed after the latter produced “Greek: and “Greek-style” yogurt.

Relations between the two countries were already poor after Czech President Milos Zeman said in December 2015 that his country would only join the eurozone on the day after Greece left it, suggesting the currency’s failures stemmed from the economic crisis in Athens.

The European Union offers three special marks for products which are deemed unique — protected geographical indication (PGI), protected designation of origin (PDO) and traditional speciality guaranteed (TSG).



To qualify for PGI, a product must be produced, processed or prepared in a geographical area which it is associated with.

The EU will only give a product the PGI mark if they decide it has “a reputation, characteristics or qualities that are a result of the area.”

In Britain there is a whole list of products which have PGI status, including Cornish pasties, Rutland bitter, Arbroath smokies, Lough Neagh eels, Jersey royal potatoes and Melton Mowbray pork pies.

But Athens wants Greek yogurt to qualify for Protected Designation of Origin status as well as a PGI.

The Association of Greek Breeders has persuaded the Greek ministry of agriculture to establish a working group to prepare an application for it to get both PGI and PDO status.

“We are taking another important step in securing our traditional product, Greek yogurt, which is famous for its unique quality on European and international markets,” said Greek Agriculture Minister Evangelos Apostolou.

“If we succeed, the benefits for yogurt would be great as it will be protected from other countries which increasingly try to usurp it considering the growing demand from consumers,” said Takis Peveretos, President of the Association of Greek Breeders.

But even if they are able to get PGI and PDO status for Greek yogurt, that protection will only apply in the EU and does not stop companies like Voskos in California from selling a product which they describe quite blatantly as Greek yogurt.


Ironically the word yogurt is actually Turkish and suggests it was invented by the Turks, rather than the Greeks.

Farmers in Greece are already angry about a trade deal between the EU and Canada which they say fails to protect their monopoly on the production of feta cheese.


Most of the products which have been granted PGI status are meats, dairy products, breads, pastries and confectionery.

But PGI status can also be granted for flowers and plants, natural gums and resins, cork, cochineal, wool and scutched flax.



Sydney, These Are Your Dirtiest Restaurants

If you love to eat out, no doubt you like to think the food you’re inhaling is of a certain standard.

Well, a report the NSW Food Authority released by Channel 7 shows that many of the places you dine in frequently are well below par when it comes to hygiene and cleanliness.

In fact, over 50 Sydney restaurants have been issued a penalty notice in the last 30 days directly related to food safety.

Restaurants that have received penalty notices in the last 30 days are…

Wongasos Dumpling Master, Balgowlah

Eurotaste’s Grill, Bankstown

IGA Bankstown Lakai, Bankstown

Clover Sushi Cafe, Belrose

Blackett Baker, Blackett

Grange Buffet, Blacktown

Meteo Petroleum Blacktown West, Blacktown

Mezes Restaurant, Brighton-Le-Sands

Event Cinemas, Burwood

Cafe Byron, Byron Bay

An Phat Cake Shop, Cabramatta

Pho Star 72, Cambridge Park

Tokkuri, Cammeray

Mustang Spur, Campbelltown

Bun Bo Hue Gia Hoi, Canley Heights

Oishii Sushi Rail, Coffs Harbour

Korean Samurai, Cremorne
Midnight Pizza, Cronulla
Sakana-Ya, Crows Next
Becca’s Bakery, Dundas
Killara Bakery Cafe And Groceries, East Killara
Gas Point, Guildford
West Emperors Garden Cakes and Bakery, Haymarket
Oriental Dumpling King, Haymarket
The Eight Modern Chinese Restaurant, Haymarket
Thousand Spices, Homebush
Oliver Brown, Hornsby
Bridgeview Restaurant, Karuah
Oliver Brown, Kingsford
Hong Hang, Kogarah
Barista 2 Go (Food Stall), Kosciuszko National Park
Kurrajong Indian Cuisine, Kurrajong
IGA Lalor Park Cafe Arc Take Away, Leppington
Bakers Choice, Macquarie Fields
Manly Seaside Kebabs, Manly
Sydney Meats, Marrickville
GM Cafe Deli, Mascot
Cake And Bakery Shepherds Bay, Meadowbank
Delicious Noodle House, Merimbula
Banana Blosson, Mona Vale
Darley Street Depot, Mona Vale
Wongasos Dumpling Master, Mona Vale
Chef Ding Chinese Restaurant, Moore Park
Espresso Warriors, Mount Druitt
Rita Supermarket, Mount Druitt
Friendly Crocer, Murrambateman
Oyster 1, Nambucca Heads
Garlic Teppanyaki House, Neutral Bay
Green Gourmet Vegetarian Restaurant, Newtown
Edelweiss Restaurant, North Boambee Valley
First Sipzz Cafe, North Sydney
Rustic Board, North Sydney
Yoros Seafood, North Sydney
Jamaica Blue, Nowra
Anjappar Chettinad Indian Restaurant, Parramatta
Pendle Hill Fish Market, Pendle Hill
Chilli Jam, Penrith
The Ming Asian Cuisine, Penrith
Aritis Catering, Prestons Belmore
Bean Factory, Revesby
Last Bus To Kathmandu, Rockdale
Penny Lane, Rozelle
Artisan Cafe, Seven Hills
Red Rooster, Seven Hills
St Marys Bakery, St
Marys Crafty Cuts, Sydney
Davids Kitchen, Sydney
Merival, Sydney
Soul Origin, Sydney
Sumo Salad, Sydney
Magic Noodles, Tanilba Bay
Brenda’s Pastry And Cakes Shop, Toongabbie
Toongabbie Hotel, Toongabbie
Chargrill Charlies, Wahroonga
P L Cafe, Waterloo
Sun Catering, Wentworthville
Punjab Grill, Windsor
Woodcroft Bakery, Woodcroft
Crinitis Woolloomooloo, Woolloomooloo,Offence_City

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