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. The 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.
In Slovakia, the new names for the product became "smotanová natierka" (cream spread) and "roztierateľný tuk" (spreadable fat), while a Czech name wasn't initially established due to the hearings - however dairies announced that they would call their product "máslová pomazánka" (buttery spread) or "máslový krém" (buttery cream).
Nevertheless, at the beginning of 2013, the Ministry of Agriculture announced that the product would be named to just "tradiční pomazánkové" (traditional spread), simply dropping the word "máslo" from the end of the product's name, and by the end of 2014, the new name had become widely adopted.
- 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.
- "Pomazánkové máslo se přejmenuje na Tradiční pomazánkové. Směšné, tvrdí český prezident". ihned.cz (in Czech). Hospodářské Noviny. Retrieved 16 February 2013.
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