What is PDO (Protected Designation of Origin)?

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          In 1992 the European Community created a system of protection and valorization of its agro-alimentary products.

          PDO (Protected Designation of origin),AOP in French, is the European version of the French AOC system,Italian Denominazione di Origine Controllata or Spanish Denominacion de Origen.PDO means that only items produced in a specific area  with a recognized and stated know-how may bear that label.

          The purpose of the EU was by protecting its unique regional foods,especially produced in rural areas, to preserve the traditional methods of production,to encourage people to stay settled in rural areas,to eliminate the unfair competition and to increase the consumer confidence.

           150 European cheeses have the PDO label such has White and Blue Stilton cheese,Talegio,Parmigiano Reggiano,Mozarella di Bufala Campana,Gouda Noord Hollandse and Gouda Noord Edamer...

          This  PDO system in many cases works parallel with the system used in the specified country but often only the national label is used: for example the cheese  Tome des Bauges has both PDO and AOC but only AOC is shown (in France!)

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