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Concerns Skyr Lacks Legal Protection

Concerns have been raised over the lack of legal protection over the name skyr.

skyr-m-berjum_esaPhoto by Eygló Svala Arnarsdóttir.

Skyr is an Icelandic cultured dairy product, similar to strained yoghurt.

Consultant and former information officer at the Office of the Prime Minister, Einar Karl Haraldsson, says the name skyr can easily be “stolen” from Iceland through imitations from other countries, reports.

According to Einar, it is difficult to prevent counterfeiting in international markets but legislation on the protection of uniquely Icelandic trade names must be implemented, particularly as exports and licensed overseas production have increased significantly in 2012.

A conference on the subject was held by dairy and meat producers yesterday.

The idea is to implement similar measures as have been done with champagne.


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