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Turkey: Antep Baklava Now Both Protected and Threatened

Baklava in Gaziantep, Turkey

Turkey's European Union membership bid may be permanently stalled, but things have worked out better for the country's effort to get baklava from the southeastern city of Gaziantep registered with the EU's "protected status." Reports Yahoo about the announcement from Brussels that the flaky pastry is now a item worthy of its protection:

The Gaziantep baklava, described as a "pastry made of layers of filo pastry filled with semolina cream and Antep pistachio", became the first Turkish product to receive the coveted status.
The sweet and nutty treat is one of 16 non-EU products to win the logo, including Darjeeling tea and 10 Chinese foodstuffs.

At the same time, the European Commission also recognised foods from Greece -- Turkey's arch rival and recipient of billions in EU bailout funds -- and eurosceptic Britain.

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Turkey: Antep Baklava Now Both Protected and Threatened

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