“Feta” is Greek, says the EU’s highest court, denouncing Denmark


Greece won a victory in its fight to protect its right to the term ‘feta’ on Thursday when Europe’s top court slammed Denmark for failing to prevent local companies from using the name for sales outside the European Union.

Reece claims feta as part of its cultural heritage because it has been making sheep and goat milk cheese for 6,000 years.

The Luxembourg-based Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) agreed with his claim.

“By not preventing the use of the term ‘Feta’ for cheese intended for export to third countries, Denmark has breached its obligations under EU law,” the judges said.

In the case brought by the European Commission and supported by Cyprus, Denmark had argued that an export ban could be seen as a barrier to trade.

Feta has been labeled a traditional Greek product by the EU executive since 2002, giving it legal protection in the 27-state bloc. The ECJ approved the label in 2005.

The theme is more than just national pride for Greece, which produces around 120,000 tons of feta annually.

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