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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.
See more: The Best Olive Oils from Croa­tia
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.



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