PDO and PGI products are epitomes of European agri-food production excellence. They are the result of a unique combination of human and environmental factors that are characteristic of a given territory.

For this reason, the European Union has set out precise rules to protect these products, by establishing specific regulatory quality schemes to safeguard the good faith of the consumers. These rules also aim to provide the producers with concrete tools to better identify and promote their products with specific characteristics, in addition to protecting them from unfair practices.

Only those productions that demonstrate a consolidated and codified production tradition, an inseparable bond with the territory of origin, a suitable socio-entrepreneurial fabric and manage to attain high quality standards that are certified by third-party control bodies, can aspire to obtain and retain this coveted European recognition and simultaneously become registered on the European register of PDO and PGI products.

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PDO and PGI in figures (excluding wines, spirits and aromatised drinks)

In 2019, the European Union had a total of 1421 PDO and PGI registered products.

The European country with the highest number of agri-food products that have a EU-recognised designation of origin or geographical indication is Italy. This is further proof of the high quality of the country’s domestic productions, but above all, demonstrates the strong bond that ties Italian food excellence to its territory of origin. There are 299 denominations in Italy; 167 of these are PDO products, 130 are PGI and 2 are TSG (this count was last updated in April 2019 and excludes wines and spirits). Just like all the other EU countries, these denominations are awarded to numerous agro-food products (dairy products, meat, poultry, cured meats, fish products, fruit and vegetables, cereals, pasta, olives and olive oil, condiments, honey and confectionary products, etc.):

167 PDO products

Examples: Salamini Italiani alla Cacciatora, Prosciutto di Parma, Prosciutto Toscano, Patata di Bologna, Parmigiano Reggiano, Asiago, Gorgonzola, Grana Padano, Pecorino Toscano, Piave, Montasio, Pistacchio verde di Bronte, Arancia di Ribera, Aceto Balsamico Tradizionale di Modena.

130 PGI products

Examples: Mortadella Bologna, Zampone Modena, Cotechino Modena, Agnello di Sardegna, Bresaola della Valtellina, Speck Alto Adige, Arancia Rossa di Sicilia, Mela Rossa Cuneo, Ciliegia di Vignola, Cipolla Rossa di Tropea, Limone di Siracusa, Nocciola del Piemonte, Pasta di Gragnano, Aceto Balsamico di Modena.

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