Protected Designation of Origin
On the 12th of April 2021 the European Commission registered ‘Χαλλούμι (Halloumi) / Hellim’ as a Protected Designation of Origin (PDO), protecting, as of 1st October 2021, the valuable name against imitation and misuse across the EU. The name ‘Χαλλούμι (Halloumi) / Hellim’ is now in the register of protected designations of origin and protected geographical indications. Only ‘Χαλλούμι (Halloumi) / Hellim’ produced on the island of Cyprus and according to the traditional recipe, can now be marketed in the European Union under that name.
A Protected Designation of Origin (PDO) recognition is part of the EU quality policy that aims to protect the names of specific products to promote their unique characteristics, linked to their geographical origin, as well as traditional know-how. Product names can be granted a 'geographical indication' (GI) – such as a PDO indication – if they have a specific link to the place where they are made. Product names registered as PDO are those that have the strongest links to the place in which they are made. The PDO recognition enables consumers to trust and distinguish quality products. Recognised as intellectual property, geographical indications play an increasingly important role in trade negotiations between the EU and other countries.
For the "Xαλλούμι" /"Halloumi" /"Helim" specifications and technical information, please check the following link :