According to the Slovenian News Service, Austria has opposed Slovenia’s proposal to the EU for protected designation of origin (PDO) status for “kranjsak klobasa,” a traditional sausage from the Kranjska region of Slovenia. According to EU law a traditional product can be granted special status if it meets specific critera: it 1) possess qualities and characteristics which are typical of the region of production; 2) be produced exclusively within that regions. “Kranjska klobasa” contains 68 % pork, up to 20% bacon, 12% beef, salt, garlic and black pepper.
Austria has announced that it would oppose the application for the Slovenian sausage. Slovenia has already been granted special status for 11 traditional foods, the most recent were Nanos and Tolminc cheeses, extra virgin olive oil from the Slovenian Mediterranean Coast, and forest honey from the Kocevje region.