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Croatian Island of Korcula Gets a PDO

Olive oil from the Croatian island of Korčula has been added to Europe's list of Protected Designations of Origin (PDO).

Korčula, Croatia
Oct. 6, 2016
By Isabel Putinja
Korčula, Croatia

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Olive oil from the Croatian island of Korčula has been added to the European Commission’s list of Protected Designations of Origin (PDO).

The appli­ca­tion was approved yes­ter­day under the appel­la­tion “Korčulansko masli­novo ulje” (Korčulan olive oil), pub­lished in the European Union’s Official Journal, and entered into the EU reg­is­ter of prod­ucts with the des­ig­na­tion of PDO.
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The island of Korčula has close to 1,000 olive farms and ten olive mills, with olive oil pro­duc­tion being an impor­tant local eco­nomic activ­ity.

Olive oil is pro­duced here with two indige­nous cul­ti­vars: Lastovka and Drobnica, which make up 80 per­cent of the total pro­duc­tion, with 20 per­cent from other cul­ti­vars grown in the area. All stages of pro­duc­tion, includ­ing cul­ti­va­tion, har­vest and pro­cess­ing of the olives, as well as stor­age and bot­tling of the olive oil, take place on the island.

For this reason, olive oil from Korčula qual­i­fies for PDO status, the high­est recog­ni­tion of a qual­ity prod­uct of the three exist­ing EU schemes – the two others being PGI (Protected Geographical Indication) and TSG (Traditional Speciality Guaranteed). The scheme pro­tects prod­uct names from misuse and helps con­sumers deter­mine the authen­tic­ity of a prod­uct.

According to the spe­cific EU rules con­cern­ing labelling, the prod­uct label must dis­play the common iden­ti­fier, i.e. the offi­cial logo that has been designed for Korčula olive oil, and the year of har­vest. Also, olive oil mar­keted as “Korčulansko masli­novo ulje” must have physico-chem­i­cal and organolep­tic prop­er­ties in line with inter­na­tional stan­dards.

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Two other Croatian olive oils have already been granted PDO status by the EU: extra virgin olive oil from the island of Cres, and olive oil from Krk; while olive oils from the region of Istria and Šolta island still await this appel­la­tion.