GUARANTEE OF QUALITY AND TRACEABILITY
Recognised all over the world, these certifications were created to defend consumers, typical products and territories of origin from poor quality products and counterfeits. Eatalian Experience offers certified raw materials and processed products with the PDO, PGI, TSG, BIO and PAT brands.
PDO is the acronym of Protected Designation of Origin. It is the best known and used abbreviation when it comes to typical products, and is officially recognised at shared at European level. The PDO seal is assigned only to food specialties produced and processed in specific areas and the products that receive the brand must comply with a specific product specification that describes the history, territory and processing of the product. Examples of PDO products are Terre di Bari Extra Virgin Olive Oil, Traditional Balsamic Vinegar of Modena, Piennolo Tomatoes from Vesuvio.
PGI means Protected Geographical Indication. It is a brand that is attributed to agricultural products, food or wines that guarantees their local origin. It is less restrictive than a PDO, because to obtain the PGI mark is sufficient that a phase of the production process takes place in the geographical area of origin, while the PDO requires the entire process. Examples of PGI products are the Pantelleria Capers, Gragnano Pasta, Tropea Onion.
TSG, means Traditional Specialties Guaranteed. It is a brand for those food and wine products that have something, like a production method or composition, linked to the tradition of an area, but they are not produced only and exclusively in that area. An TSG preparation must also have a historicity, usually at least 30 years of existence. They are therefore not always and completely geographically linked, but culturally, historically, socially. Currently TSG products in Italy are few, among them are Neapolitan pizza and mozzarella. Even TSG products must comply with a production specification that indicates the rules for the creation process, the ingredients, the quality of the raw materials but which also explains the reason for the specificity of the product.
The organic logo certifies and ensures that the product, whether it comes from cultivation, breeding and processing, has been obtained by following in all details the European regulation on organic farming and national legislation.
To protect the consumer, not only those who produce, but also anyone who sells products branded as organic (fresh or processed, in the countryside, wholesale or retail), must be subjected to control, with on-site inspections. Each body has its own code which is shown on the product label together with the organic logo of the European Union.
The rules on labeling and use of the logo are rigorous, to protect consumers from confusion with other types of imaginative crops such as “ecological agriculture”, “natural”, “clean” (for which there are no criteria for the denomination that the minimum scoreboard). The organic label cannot be used for products that contain genetically modified organisms (GMOs).
It is a recognition that is prepared by the Ministry of Agricultural, Food and Forestry Policies in collaboration with the individual regions. Identifies all those products that are obtained using processing methods, conservation and seasoning “consolidated over time, homogeneous for the whole territory concerned, according to traditional rules, for a period of not less than 25 years”. They are therefore all those foods and drinks deeply linked to a very restricted territory, as well as unique in their kind. Examples of PAT products are Nduja Calabrese, Guanciale di Amatrice and Caciocavallo Podolico.