New EU guidelines may imply a scarcity of halloumi in supermarkets throughout Britain as suppliers wrestle to maintain up with rising demand. Cyprus is the house of halloumi and exports around 40% of the squeaky white cheese it produces to Britain – the most important importer of halloumi worldwide.
Now the Cypriot authorities need the halloumi business to obtain an EU badge of authenticity, referred to as the Protected Designation of Origin (PDO), however in line with farmers, it may see Brits go without. PDO is a set of laws that tightens up guidelines on the manufacturing and means merchandise can solely be given a sure to identify if they’re made in a sure means or in a selected geographical space.
Products resembling French champagne, Italian gorgonzola cheese, Melton Mowbray pork pies, and Greek Kalamata olives have already been awarded the badge that means they’ll solely be bought with these titles if they’re sourced from that particular territory. Presently the Cypriot authorities are frightened about imitation halloumi, labeled as ‘white grill cheese’ or ‘grillhoumi,’ and desires to behave to forestall these lookalikes by making halloumi a PDO.
However, farmers say that the brand new guidelines and strict laws this may carry could be the demise of the trade and will see a 60% discount in output. Farmers complain that the laws, such because the requirement for sheep and goats to eat five particular varieties of the plant throughout grazing, are so exacting they can’t be met.
It could imply all halloumi could be required to have 50% goat and sheep milk reasonably than the 20% at the moment stipulated. As well as farmers might now not differ the form of halloumi – many make ‘burger halloumi’ in a non-conventional spherical disc form – as this element can even be protected. The halloumi cheese sector in Cyprus is value practically €200 million a year to the island’s economic system and employs around 12,000 individuals.