PDO and PGI
Products such as 'Grana Padano' or 'Aceto balsamico di Modena' are among the PDO and PGI products. The names of these products are registered and protected and may therefore be used in advertising or in the list of ingredients only under certain conditions.*
According to the European Commission, it is legitimate to include a PDO or PGI name in the list of ingredients of a food product.
However, for any use outside the list of ingredients, consent must be obtained from the consortium.**
*For more information about PDO and PGI products see:
- DOOR database of the European Commission (insert links) listing the products protected by PDO and PGI names and their production specifications.
- EU Regulation Nr 1151/2012 on agricultural product and food quality schemes
**For more information on the use of PDO and PGI products as ingredients see:
- the Communication from the Commission - Guidelines for the labelling of foodstuffs containing ingredients with a protected designation of origin (PDO) and a protected geographical indication (PGI) https://eur-lex.europa.eu/legal-content/EN/TXT/?uri=CELEX:32012R1151.
- LEGISLATIVE DECREE No 297/2004 of 19 November 2004: Provisions on penalties pursuant to Regulation (EEC) No 2081/92 on the protection of geographical indications and designations of origin for agricultural products and foodstuffs)