Korcula olive oil and Pag lamb meat awarded EU Protected Designation of Origin status

Olive oil from Korcula island and lamb meat from Pag island are another two Croatian food products that have been entered in the European Union register of protected designations of origin and protected geographical indications.

The decision entered into force on Wednesday when it was published in the EU's Official Journal.

Korcula olive oil, or "Korculansko maslinovo ulje", is an extra-virgin olive oil obtained directly from the fruit of the olive tree solely by mechanical means. The basic raw materials for producing "Korculansko maslinovo ulje" are olives of the indigenous cultivars "Lastovka" and "Drobnica", either by themselves or in combination with each other and comprising at least 80% of the product.

The production area of "Korculansko maslinovo ulje" comprises the entire island of Korcula.

Pag lamb meat, or "Paska janjetina", is a fresh meat obtained from the slaughter of young male and female suckling lambs born on the island of Pag of an autochthonous Croatian breed of sheep of the same name — "Paska ovca" (Pag sheep) — bred solely on the island of Pag.

The young, lightweight lambs slaughtered to produce "Paška janjetina" must be no more than 45 days old (calculated from the date of lambing to the date of slaughter) at the time of slaughter and have been kept with the sheep on the pasture and fed solely on sheep’s milk until they are slaughtered.

"Paška janjetina" is produced throughout the island of Pag.

Last update: Wed, 05/10/2016 - 20:28

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