The European Commission has recently approved the registration for two new foods from Croatia to be given Protected Geographical Indications (PGI), and Protected Designations of Origin (PDO) and one of them can be found in the Zadar Region.
Paška Janjetina, which is lamb from the island of Pag is now on the list! The other new entrant is Korčulansko Maslinovo Ulje – Olive oil from Korčula Island.
According to the description in EU documents ‘‘Paška janjetina’ (Pag lamb meat) as 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 — ‘Paška ovca’ (Pag sheep) — produced solely on the island of Pag. The young, lightweight lambs slaughtered to produce ‘Paška janjetina’ must be no more than 45 days old.
Registration as a Geographical Indication (GI) gives wide protection to the registered names, functioning as an intellectual property right for products that have a specific geographical origin and possess qualities or a reputation that are due to that origin. Names registered enjoy protection against any misuse, imitation or evocation of their name.
FUN FACT: Other Croatian foods on the list are: Turkey from the Croatian Zagorje breed, Poljički soparnik, pršut from Drniš, Krk, Istria and Dalmatia, extra virgin olive oil from Cres, mandarins from Neretva, sour cabbage from Ogulin, kulen from Baranja, and potatoes from Lika.