Lička skripavac has received a European protected designation of geographical origin, the European Commission announced in the Official Journal of the European Union. Thus, Lički skripavac was entered in the register of protected marks of origin and protected marks of geographical origin and is protected in the territory of the entire European Union. The EU sign of the protected mark of origin, ie the protected mark of geographical origin on the packaging, guarantees consumers the purchase of an authentic product.
The process of protecting the name Lički skripavac started in December 2017, when The Association of Small Cheesemakers of the Lika-Senj County "Lički skripavac" has submitted a request to the Ministry of Agriculture for the protection of the geographical indication origin called "Lički skripavac".
Lika skripavac is a soft, fatty cheese with a cylindrical or quadrangular shape. On the surface, it is milky-white in color without a rind, and on cross-section it is closed or with a smaller number of mechanical openings created by the retention of whey during cheese molding. Its taste is milky-sweet and moderately salty, and the consistency is characteristically rubbery and squeaks during consumption. The method of production of Lika skripavac was passed down from generation to generation and has been preserved until today, and the squeaky property, which gave this cheese its name, occurs due to the high proportion of milk fat and protein in the milk, which is a consequence of the specific way of feeding cows in this area .
The production of Lika skripavac is allowed only in the geographical area of Lika from the milk of cows raised in that area. The production area is located in three administrative regions, mostly in Lika-Senj County, and to a lesser extent in Zadar and Karlovac Counties.
The Republic of Croatia now has 32 agricultural and food products whose name is registered in the European Union as a protected designation of origin or a protected designation of geographical origin. In addition to the currently registered name "Lički skripavac", the previously registered product names are: Krčki prosciutto, Cres extra virgin olive oil, Neretva mandarin, Ogulin sauerkraut/ Ogulin sauerkraut, Baranjski kulen, Lički potato, Istrian prosciutto/Istrian prosciutto, Drniški prosciutto, Dalmatian Prosciutto, Polish Soparnik / Polish Zeljanik / Polish Oleander, Zagorski Puran, Krk Olive Oil, Korcula Olive Oil, Pag Lamb, Šolta Olive Oil, Varaždin Greens, Slavonski Kulen/Slavonski Kulin, Međimurje Meat 'from Tiblica, Slavonski Honey, Lika Lamb, Istria, Pag salt, Zagorski mlinci, Pag cheese, Bjelovar kvargl, Brač varenik, Varaždin klipič, Maloston kamenica, Rudarska greblica, Dalmatian pečenica and Dalmatian pancetta.
Cover photo: Lika Destination