The Iranian yoghurt drink, which is called doogh in Iran, has been internationally registered by the Codex Alimentarius Commission.
The commission registered the Iranian product in its list of international standards with the code cxs332R-2018.
The achievement not only promotes the global status of the Iranian product in the world but also gives the country a new national honour, said Seyyed Amir Mohammad Mortazavian, a nutrition professor who has followed up the registration of doogh by Codex for more than 11 years.
Doogh has been produced in Iran traditionally for thousands of years. It derives from two Persian words: Dou meaning milk in Old Persian and dokhtar or daughter which refers to girls who used to milk cows in the ancient Iran.
In the new era, doogh has been produced in Iran industrially for nearly 80 years. It is a cold savoury yogurt-based beverage that is mixed with salt.
It is served chilled and often as an accompaniment to grilled meat or rice, especially during summer. It is made by mixing yoghurt with chilled or iced water and is sometimes carbonated and seasoned with mint.
The Codex Alimentarius, or “Food Code” is a collection of standards, guidelines and codes of practice adopted by the Codex Alimentarius Commission. Consumers can trust the safety and quality of the food products they buy and importers can trust that the food they ordered will be in accordance with their specifications.