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Tygodnik Powszechny - Poland | Monday, January 29, 2007

EU confers Polish Oscypek trademark protection

Starting this February, Oscypek, a Polish mountain cheese, will be a protected EU regional product, like French Champagne or Italian Parmesan. Oscypek is produced and smoked in south-east Poland mainly from sheep's milk. Czech beer is the only other Eastern European foodstuff that currently enjoys EU protection as a regional product. In a commentary Henryk Wujec of the Polish Chamber for Regional and Local Products points out that the EU decision is a great chance for the Gorals, a Polish ethnic group. "A protected regional product can become an incredibly strong advertising medium and bring considerable benefits. This could greatly improve the situation of the shepherds who produce the cheese, most of whom are extremely poor. But they must also ensure that producers who make fake Oscypek cheese withdraw from the market... Fake products, like Oscypek made of cow's milk or cheese dyed with tea, could cause irreparable damage to the product's image."

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