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After 15 years of toil and at a cost of 2 million kuna (280 thousand Euros), prosciutto from the Croatian region of Istria is now protected by European standards, reports Croatian radio television.
The distinctive European seal will now mean no one can steal the appearance or any specific details about the production of the Istrian prsut (prosciutto).
Istrian ham is cured in the distinctive northern bura winds, and has a uniform red colouring with a unique taste of rosemary, bay leaves and pepper. Pigs for the protected Istrian prosciutto can be farmed in Istria or other regions of Croatia. In Istria there are annually 15,000 prosciuttos processed, ten times more than the number of pigs which are farmed in Istria.
Protection of the originality of the Istrian prosciutto will soon be verified in Brussels. The prosciutto manufacturers and the Ministry have no doubt that Europe will recognise the uniqueness of the Istrian specialty.
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