© 2015 European Supermarket Magazine – your source for the latest retail news. Article written by Peter Donnelly.
French Dairy Workers Want AOP Status
Those employed in the French dairy industry are campaigning for their produce to be eligible for Appellation d’Origine Protégée status.
A campaign lobbying for creams, butters and cheeses to be considered for the badge, which was introduced in 1990, has been launched.
The AOP signification represents a guarantee of quality and location of origin affirmed by the European Union.
Dairy farmers are keen for legislation conducive to achieving this as it precludes food-makers making false 'made in' claims on packaging.
Fifteen AOP categories have been proposed to authorities – the butter of Charentes-Poitou, the respective bries of Meaux and Melun, cantal, morbier, ossau-iraty, reblochon, the butter of Isigny, the cream of Isigny, chaource, neufchâte, livarot, pont-l’évêque, and the camembert of Normandy.