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Protected Designation of Origin

Debra Redalia


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Sometimes I just run into interesting things while I am looking for other things, and this is one of them.

This is actually a European Union product certification that we don’t have here in the USA, but I think we should have it in the future

In Europe there is a tradition—that we don’t yet have here—of identifying foods by the name of the region from which they come. If you see a blue cheese, for example, called “Roquefort” that means it was actually aged in the natural Combalou caves of Roquefort-sur-Soulzon because they are the only cheeses that may bear the name Roquefort, as it has a protected designation of origin.

Parmigiano-Reggiano is another cheese with a protected designation of origin. If you see this term on a label, you know it comes from the Parma region of italy and it made in a very specific way with very specific milk. “Parmesan Cheese” is not Parmigiano-Reggiano.

I would love to see a version of this in the USA, particularly to encourage and recognize quality growing regions here.

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