Protected Designation of Origin
After the Sheep’s Cheese enjoyed great popularity in many European Countries, Cheeses matured in Brine (mostly made from cheaper cow’s milk) from other EU- regions were also soled as “FETA” until 1997.
Since Regulation from EU Commission EU 1829/2002, from 15th October 2002 on, only Cheese matured in Brine from sheep’s and/or goat’s milk produced in Greek mainland or in island Lesbos is allowed to be named FETA within the EU. This Regulation was confirmed by the European Court of Justice in the verdict of 25th October 2005 (C-465/02; C-466/02).
The original ΦΕΤΑ (FETA) was only produced in the Greek mainland and Lesbos, this circumstance led to the Protected Geographical Indication. Because the biodiversity of the land coupled with the special breeds of sheep and goats used for milk is what gives feta cheese a specific aroma and flavor.