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feta

Identifying Genuine Greek Food

Is it not Feta if it’s not made in Greece? Should Kalamata olives only come from Kalamata? Well the European Union thinks so.

In 1992 a legal framework was introduced known as Protected Geographical Status, which was developed in order to protect the reputation of regional foods, eliminate unfair competition and stop misleading consumers with non-genuine products, which may be of inferior quality and taste different. However, if you do not live in Europe, your feta is most likely not from Greece and your Kalamata olives may be from Italy or Turkey. According to a recent report from McKinsey & Company, a global management consulting firm, Greece holds only a 28% of the global ‘Greek Feta’ cheese market, which means that the rest of that 72% is not Greek and not really feta according E.U. legislation