Polish cheese granted EU protected status
PR dla Zagranicy
A soft cheese from the Podlasie region of north east Poland has become the 35th of the country's regional products to be granted protected status by the European Commission.
The distinctively oval-shaped ser korycinski swojski has been produced in the Podlasie region for many generations, and as the name betrays, it is a speciality of the village of Korycin.
The cheese is made from cow's milk, to which salt and rennet are applied.
However, as the EC application itself stressed, fresh spices and herbs may also be addded, including garlic, paprika, dill, chives, basil, mint and marjoram.
The cheese has been granted the Protected Geographical Indication (PGI) status, which means that the product must be at least partially manufactured in the designated region.
In this respect, the designation is less stringent than the Protected Designation of Origin (PDO) status, which insists that a given product must be entirely manufactured (prepared, processed and produced) within a particular region, according to a specific recipe.
Other Polish products to have been granted protected status include bryndza podhalanska (a highland cheese), kielbasa Llsiecka (a smoked sausage from the Malopolska region), karp zatorski (carp from Zator region) and various kinds of mead. (nh)