Protected designations of origin certify agricultural products, processed agri-food products. It protects food production whose quality is related to the link with the production area.
Italy is the European country with the highest number of food products with a designation of origin and geographical indication recognized by the European Union. A further demonstration of the great quality of our productions, above all of the strong bond that binds the Italian food excellence to its own territory of origin. The system of geographical indications of the EU aims to protect and favor the productive system and the economy of the territory. The indissoluble link with the territory of origin requires the preservation of ecosystems and biodiversity; supports the social cohesion of the entire community. The enhancement of these products and the preservation of their essence understood as production methods, traditional recipes, rooting in the territory find an effective response in the DOP, IGP and STG brands introduced by the European Union to protect typical food products. Currently the system is subject to the EC regulations n. 510/2006 on PDO and PGI and 509/2006 on TSG, which replaced the previous EC Reg. 2081/92 and EC 2081/92. The new regulations allow access to the system of protection of geographical indications to producers in third countries, as requested by the WTO (World Trade Organization) and make the organizational system linked to the control and protection of these products more functional. The control system is entrusted to accredited control bodies specifically authorized by the Mi.PA.A.F. The control body chosen by the Consortium or other trademark protection organization controls all the operators that adhere to the specification. ICEA is the authorized inspection body for the following specifications and products:
- Neccio della Garfagna flour
- Figs of Cosenza
- Bergamotto of Calabria