Pomazánkové máslo (literally: "spread butter") is a traditional Czech and Slovak dairy product. It is a spread made from sour cream, milk powder and buttermilk powder. It also contains starch, salt and usually herb or similar flavoring. Czech food regulator (Státní potravinářská inspekce) requires the pomazánkové máslo must consist of at least 31% milk fat and 42% milk solids. Milk fat can not be replaced by vegetable fat.
European Union regulation has forbidden the pomazánkové máslo label because it contains the word "máslo" (butter). According to European regulations, only products containing more than 39% of milkfat can be called butter. The Slovak Republic accepted this decision immediately, whereas the Czech Republic did so after several court hearings. The new product name is a cream spread or spreadable fat in Slovakia. A Czech name has not been established yet—however dairies have announced they will call their product "máslová pomazánka" or (buttery spread) or "máslový krém" (buttery cream).
- Nevyhoštěný, Jan (18 October 2012). "Česko prohrálo spor o pomazánkové máslo. Je to tuk, rozhodl soud". Mladá fronta DNES (in Czech). iDNES. Retrieved 21 November 2012.
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