Commission refers Denmark to court over Feta failings
By Flora Southey
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Denmark has failed to adequately fulfil its obligations on quality schemes for agricultural products and foodstuffs, according to the Commission, which has referred the Member State to the Court of Justice.
The issue surrounds ‘Feta’ – which is a registered Protected Designation of Origin (PDO). According to EU law, ‘Feta’ can only be produced in Greece according to a set of production specifications.
In Denmark, however, companies have been producing and exporting white cheese, labelled as ‘Feta’, to non-EU countries.
According to the Commission, such practice is a ‘direct breach’ of PDO regulations. And by refraining to prevent or stop it, Denmark is also violating current EU law.
The Commission sent a letter of formal notice in January 2018 inviting the Danish authorities to prevent or stop such practices. “Since Denmark has not addressed the issues raise, the Commission has decided to refer the case to the Court of Justice of the EU,” noted the Commission.