According to the Greek Deputy Foreign Minister, Dimitris Dollis, feta cheese is a “generic” product in Canadian markets. The Deputy Minister noted that a mere land origin indication cannot be registered as a PDO brand, referring exclusively to the product that is produced in Greece.
Fifty percent of Canada’s feta imports come from Greece. The Deputy Minister also noted that the Free Trade Agreement being negotiated between Greece and Canada includes the EU list registering all European PDO products that will be protected with its bilateral signing. This list includes, among others, 16 Greek products such as feta, olive oils and olive oil from Kalamata.
LAOS MP Thanos Plevris told Agroschannel that it is outrageous for feta to be considered “generic” in such a vast market as the Canadian one. “The brand name must be protected and the Greek state has long postponed taking any action about it,” added the MP.
As far as Skopje is concerned, the Deputy Minister said that Greece has the right to bring the case before the European Commission.