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A notice was pub­lished today (July 6, 2016) in the European Union’s Official Journal con­firm­ing that extra vir­gin olive oil from the Croatian island of Krk has been granted PDO (Protected Designation of Origin) sta­tus at the EU level. It will receive the offi­cial appel­la­tion “Krčko masli­novo ulje” (Krk olive oil), and be entered in the EU reg­is­ter of prod­ucts and food­stuffs with the des­ig­na­tion of PDO.
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PDO des­ig­nates a prod­uct or food­stuff which is pro­duced, processed and pre­pared in a cer­tain geo­graph­i­cal area using rec­og­nized know-​how. It is the high­est of the three des­ig­na­tions under the EU’s prod­uct cer­ti­fi­ca­tion sys­tem for agri­cul­tural prod­ucts.

The request for PDO sta­tus to the European Commission was pub­lished on March 15, 2016. The offi­cial sta­tus was granted rel­a­tively quickly — less than four months after pub­li­ca­tion of the request — as it did not receive any objec­tions.

Located in the north Adriatic Sea, Krk is Croatia’s north­ern­most island and one of its biggest. Olive oil is pro­duced there from sev­eral vari­eties indige­nous to the island, includ­ing Debela, Naška, Rošulja and Slatka.

Bottles of extra vir­gin olive oil from Krk will now be labeled with its offi­cial appel­la­tion “Krčko masli­novo ulje” and its pack­ag­ing will fea­ture a spe­cially designed logo.

This is the sec­ond extra vir­gin olive oil from Croatia to receive PDO sta­tus at the EU level, the other being olive oil from the island of Cres, which was granted the des­ig­na­tion last year.

There are three other pend­ing appli­ca­tions cur­rently await­ing PDO sta­tus that are expected to be approved some­time this year: extra vir­gin olive oils from the islands of Korčula and Šolta, and the penin­sula of Istria.


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