Traditional Romanian cheese ‘Telemea de Sibiu,’ a type of semi-soft white cheese produced in central Transylvania, received protected geographical indication (PGI) status. Currently, Romania has three products with PGI status, namely the Magiun de prune Topoloveni, a plum jam, Salam de Sibiu, a Romanian deli made with pork’s meat and smoked fish specialty Novac afumat din Tara Barsei. The announcement was made by the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development (MADR).
Starting 7 June 2018, only producers and businesses base din Sibiu county that make and process the Telemea de Sibiu cheese variety have the exclusive right to sell the product and use the national logo. In order to become sertified, they need to be screened and certified by the MADR.
According to the ministry, The Telemea Producers Association of Sibiu will be in charge of informing the public on the product and its added value to the community as well as enforce the adequate legal protection. “The Telemea Producers Association of Sibiu, the applicant group of producers and processors of the Telemea de Sibiu product in the geographical area must inform the consumer and carry out promotion activities regarding the value added products, will monitor the commercial use of the name ‘Telemea de Sibiu’ and will take measures to ensure adequate legal protection of the national protected geographical indication,” the ministry announced.
Telemea de Ibanesti, another local variety of Romania’s typical cheese variety, telemea, received Protected Geographical Status from the European Union. Currently, other three Romanian traditional food products are under evaluation and could receive Protected Geographical Status. Specifically, Carnati de Plescoi sausages, Cascaval de Saveni, a type of mature yellow cheese, smoked fish specialty ‘Scrumbie de Dunare.’
Romania’s Denumire de origine controlată (DOC) system is part of the system of the Geographical indications and traditional specialties in the European Union.