The European Court of Justice’s decision that the feta name can only be used by Greek cheesemakers has been slammed by producers in the UK, Denmark and Germany.

The UK’s only producer of feta, claimed that the verdict would lead to job losses, higher costs for Greek feta and could result in shortages of the cheese.

Judy Bell, of Purse Cheese in Yorkshire called the ruling disappointing and ludicrous. The court ruled that only white cheese soaked in brine and made in Greece could by described as feta.

Bell defended her company’s use of the term and pointed out that it had always marked the term as “Yorkshire Feta”. She said: “We have never tried to pull the wool over anyone’s eyes, it is very clear from the label where it comes from. It’s part of the cheese’s appeal.”