The divided island comes together to seek protected status for its cheese – but Britain stands up for its own producers
By Michael Theodoulou
Cyprus’s drive to secure protected status from the European Union for its national cheese has placed the British government in a diplomatic pickle.
London felt obliged last week to support British halloumi producers, who object to a Cypriot application that would, if successful, prevent them from selling their cheese under that famous name.
Picking up the gauntlet, Euripides Evriviades, Cyprus’s High Commissioner in London, vowed: “We will fight to the bitter end to secure our halloumi hellim, a truly Cyprus product.” Hellim is the Turkish Cypriot name for the national cheese.
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