December 14, 2023 – Black Slavonian pig meat received the European protected mark of authenticity, the European Commission announced in the Official Journal of the European Union on December 12, 2023.
As the Croatian Ministry of Agriculture states, this product name was entered in the protected designations of origin and protected geographical indications and it was protected throughout the European Union. The EU designations on the packaging guarantee that the consumer is purchasing an authentic product.
The procedure for the protection of the name “Meat of the black Slavonian pig” was initiated by the agricultural and service cooperative LETA from Našice, which submitted a request to the Ministry of Agriculture for the protection of the designation of origin under the name “Meat of black Slavonian pig”.
The protection of black Slavonian pig meat is based on the specific quality of the meat, which is the result of the genetic basis of the way pigs are kept and fed, as well as the age at which meat is produced.
The meat of the black Slavonian pig has a specific pronounced aroma due to the profile of the fatty acids, which is also the result of traditional feeding of fodder produced on the farmer’s own grounds. Also, due to the significant range of movement and greater activity and blood circulation of the muscles, the meat of the black Slavonian pig is characterized by a darker color than the meat of classically fattened commercial pigs.
The product specification “Meat of black Slavonian pig” can be found here.
Croatia now has 46 agricultural and food products whose name is registered in the European Union as a protected designation of origin or a protected geographical indication. In addition to the newlyw registered “Meso crne slavonske svinje”, the following names of products are registered: Krčki pršut, Ekstra djevičansko maslinovo ulje Cres, Neretvanska mandarina, Ogulinsko kiselo zelje / Ogulinski kiseli kupus, Baranjski kulen, Lički krumpir, Istarski pršut / Istrski pršut, Drniški pršut, Dalmatinski pršut, Poljički soparnik / Poljički zeljanik / Poljički uljenjak, Zagorski puran, Krčko maslinovo ulje, Korčulansko maslinovo ulje, Paška janjetina, Šoltansko maslinovo ulje, Varaždinsko zelje, Slavonski kulen / Slavonski kulin, Međimursko meso ‘z tiblice, Slavonski med, Lička janjetina, Istra, Paška sol, Zagorski mlinci, Paški sir, Bjelovarski kvargl, Brački varenik, Varaždinski klipič, Malostonska kamenica, Rudarska greblica, Dalmatinska pečenica, Dalmatinska panceta, Lički škripavac, Bračko maslinovo ulje, Zagorski bagremov med, Zagorski štrukli / Zagorski štruklji, Meso istarskog goveda – boškarina / Meso istrskega goveda – boškarina, Samoborska češnjovka / Samoborska češnofka, Lumblija, Goranski medun, Dalmatinska janjetina, Slavonska kobasica, Komiški rogač, Novigradska dagnja, Varaždinsko bučino ulje i Meso turopoljske svinje.