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Why is the fontina PDO preferred

The Denomination of Protected Origin (PDO) is a recognition that refers to the Community rules (EC Regulation 2081/92 - EC Regulation 510/2006) that primarily intend to protect consumers of a collective brand (e.g. fontina PDO). We must also say that this is something other than just a brand name (e.g. "Fontal" produced by Pinco); in fact it is true that in both cases we must comply with all the regulations provided for in the dairy sector. However, a PDO product must also comply with additional rules, are explained in detail in the Management Regulation which is a document published in the Official Gazzette (OJ L.148/96 dated 21.06.1996).

CHARACTERISTICS FONTINA FONTAL*
Recognition of Protected Designation of Origin (PDO) by the European Union YES NO
Certification of recognition by a third company for adherence to production regulations YES NO
Protection of PDO by a consortium YES NO
Traceability: identification of the manufacturer and the production date YES NO
Area of ​​origin of the milk: Valle d’Aosta YES NO
Milk of Valdostana breed cows YES NO
Based on the feed used for cows:
  • Valdostano hay
  • grazing on a permanent grassland (Aosta)
  • mountain pasture (Aosta)
YES NO
Integration of the feed with authorised feedstuff concentrate only YES NO
Fresh raw material: fresh milk YES NO
Refrigeration of milk before converting it into cheese NO YES
Heat treatments on milk before cheese making NO YES
Manual/semi-manual processing technology YES NO
Use of specific lactic acid bacteria strains in Valle d'Aosta YES NO
Curing area: Valle d’Aosta YES NO
ageing cave YES NO
Turning, salting and brushing of the handmade cheese YES NO
Natural formation of the crust (sludge) YES NO
Portioning in Valle d'Aosta YES NO
*Source: FAO document archive
Title: La fromagerie et les variétés de fromage du bassin méditerranéen (Chapter 4).

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