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It is white, chewy, very salty, squeaks against your teeth when you take a bite and has been made from sheep's milk by Carpathian mountain highlanders for centuries.But now European Union regulations have feisty Polish and Slovak highlanders fighting over who has the official right to produce 'oscypek' cheese as a regional speciality.

"The Slovak attack on oscypek," reads a headline in the Tuesday edition of Poland's Gazeta Wyborcza daily. The report details an official protest launched Monday by Slovakia against Warsaw's request for the EU rights to oscypek as a Polish regional delicacy. Oscypek Zakopane

Highlanders on the northern Polish side of the mighty Carpathian Mountains have been producing the cheese for centuries. But, according to Bratislava, so have Slovak highlanders living on the southern Slovak side of the Carpathians.

"Oscypek has long been produced in Slovakia's Orava region," Slovak official Jozef Repasky told Gazeta Wyborcza. "The residents of this region want to continue producing this cheese. "

But Polish highlanders want the exclusive right to use the popular name 'oscypek' in the EU.


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