Cyprus Cheesemakers Association Forced to Shut Down Cheese Dairies Due to Government Dispute

Halloumi Haloumi

The Cyprus Cheesemakers Association has unanimously decided to close all cheese dairies starting from January 10, 2024, due to a prolonged disagreement with government authorities over regulatory changes.

Following a lengthy impasse and unsuccessful negotiations with the Ministry of Energy, Trade and Industry, and the Ministry of Agriculture, Rural Development and Environment, the association's board has taken the extreme measure of ceasing operations.

The conflict arose when a decree was issued on October 20, which unilaterally imposed a requirement of at least 19% sheep and goat milk in the production of halloumi. The association disputes this move, arguing that the 19% figure should only apply to halloumi specifically, as agreed upon in the existing framework. Applying it to all dairy products is considered a misinterpretation.

Considering that the industry's exports amount to nearly 1 billion euros, the association, which represents a vital sector of the Cypriot economy, emphasizes its dedication to preserving jobs and sustaining the halloumi industry. Attempts to reach a mutually agreeable solution, such as reverting to the originally agreed-upon 10% milk content, have been unsuccessful.

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