The Prosciutto di Parma is a D.O.P. (in italian) or PDO products. The acronym PDO (Protected Designation of Origin) extends the safeguard of the national DOC mark (Controlled Designation of Origin) to the entire European territory and, through the GATT (General Agreement of Tariffs and Trade) terms, to the entire world. The PDO mark designates a product, originating from a region and a country, whose qualities and features are essentially or exclusively due to the geographical environment (where environment refers both to natural and to human factors alike). Production, processing and finishing of the product must take place in the relevant limited area complying with a clearly defined traditional recipe. They are recognitions given at a Community level, conferred upon certain food products that are typical, from a specific area and that have precise production characteristics that represent both a “guarantee” for consumers, with regards to product quality, and a safeguard for producers against unfair competition. The Prosciutto di Parma can be produced only in Parma province.
“Consorzio del Prosciutto di Parma” writes an important guideline to buy only the original Prosciutto di Parma.