PDO & PGI marks

To protect the uniqueness of some food products, the European Union has approved a specific regulation, establishing two levels of recognition: PDO and PGI.

PDO & PGI marks

To protect the uniqueness of some food products, the European Union has approved a specific regulation, establishing two levels of recognition: PDO and PGI. The intention is to protect the names of the products and their typicality from imitations and abuses, supporting the different productions and helping consumers in the choice of food products through information and guarantees regarding their characteristics.

A guarantee for the consumer

Both PDO and PGI marks are a valid guarantee for the consumer, who thus knows how to buy quality food which is meeting certain requirements and is produced in compliance with precise specifications. The respect of the rules is strict and guaranteed by relevant control bodies, specifically authorised by the Italian Ministry of Agricultural, Food, Forestry Policies and Tourism. The two marks also provide protection for the producers themselves against possible imitations and unfair competition.
The Italian cured meats which have obtained the coveted European PDO and PGI marks represent about a quarter of the heritage of typical European meat products, showing that Italy is the country with the widest variety of fine quality deli meats.

Marchio DOP

What does the abbreviation PDO mean?

The abbreviation PDO (Protected Designation of Origin) designates a product originating in a region and a country whose qualities and characteristics are specifically due to the geographical environment (including natural and human factors). All the production and processing of the product must take place in a defined area, in compliance with a traditional prescription.

PDO Italian Deli Meats (21)

  • Capocollo di Calabria
  • Coppa Piacentina
  •  Crudo di Cuneo
  •  Culatello di Zibello
  •  Lard d’Arnad (Val d’Aosta)
  • Pancetta di Calabria
  • Pancetta Piacentina
  • Prosciutto di Carpegna
  •  Prosciutto di Modena
  •  Prosciutto di Parma
  • Prosciutto di San Daniele
  • Prosciutto Toscano
  •  Prosciutto Veneto Berico-Euganeo
  •  Salame di Varzi
  •  Salame Brianza
  •  Salame Piacentino
  •  Salamini Italiani alla Cacciatora
  •  Soppressata di Calabria
  • Sopressa Vicentina
  •  Salsiccia di Calabria
  •  Jambon de Bosses (Val d’Aosta)
Marchio IGP

What does the abbreviation PGI mean?

The acronym PGI (Protected Geographical Indication) introduces a new level of qualitative protection which takes into account the industrial development of the sector, giving more importance to the production techniques than to the territorial constraint. Thus, this mark identifies a product originating from a region and a country whose quality, reputation, recipe and characteristics can be traced back to the geographical origin, and of which at least one phase of production and / or processing occurs in the delimited area.

PGI Italian Deli Meats (22)

  • Bresaola della Valtellina
  • Ciauscolo
  • Coppa di Parma
  • Cotechino Modena
  • Finocchiona
  • Lardo di Colonnata
  • Lucanica di Picerno
  • Mortadella Bologna
  • Mortadella di Prato
  • Pitina
  • Porchetta di Ariccia
  • Prosciutto Amatriciano
  • Prosciutto di Norcia
  • Prosciutto di Sauris
  • Salama da Sugo
  • Salame Cremona
  • Salame d’Oca di Mortara
  • Salame Sant’Angelo
  • Salame Felino
  • Salame Piemonte
  • Speck Alto Adige
  • Zampone Modena

The history of Italian deli meat products

The origins of pigmeat processing are lost in the mists of time, but it is certain that pig was one of the most appreciated animals by man. Even in Italy, the use of pork, especially salted and processed into cured meats, has ancient roots

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