The family of Italian products with PGI recognition continues to expand. The European Commission has issued the important protected geographical indication status for a gastronomic excellence from Emilia Romagna: the “Salama da sugo” (sausages for sauces). This delicatessen product from Ferrara has a characteristic “melon” shape. The production, preparation and packaging area coincides with almost all this province in the Emilia Region, with the exclusion of Codigoro, Goro, Lagosanto and Comacchio.
“Salama da sugo” is prepared from selected flavoured pork meats and bagged in natural animal bladders after careful drying and seasoning. This ancient traditional product dates back to the Renaissance period and is usually sold raw or cooked depending on consumption. Soft yet grainy to the palate, its taste derives from the original use of wine and spices combined with special processing carried out in specific environmental conditions.
The decision taken in Brussels came after a long and complex process launched about ten years ago. This brings PDO and PGI products from Emilia-Romagna to 41 in total, thereby firmly consolidating first place among the Italian regions for the number of agro-foods benefiting from such protection at EU level. This is also a good result for the country as a whole: with this recognition, Italy confirms its status as leader in terms of the number of quality marks approved by Europe, with 268 PDO and PGI products generating turnover that Coldiretti estimates as in excess of 13 billion euros.
These are impressive figures and still high despite the so-called Italian sounding phenomenon which rakes in 60 billion euros per year in the food industry and mainly affects hams and cheeses by misleading consumers with colours and flavours recalling genuine Made in Italy produce while in reality having no links whatsoever with the country's products. Italian excellence recognised internationally includes as many as 38 meat-based foods.
“All action to acknowledge the food value of our products is always very welcome,” – Eurocarne Post heard from Gian Paolo Angelotti, President of Assomacellai Fiesa-Confesercenti -. “Yet the road towards greater protection of our specialities is still very much uphill. EU approval actually does nothing but add to a series of recognitions and checks already implemented by the Ministry of Agriculture; mention need only be made of the so-called technical specifications that all PGI hams receive to specify origin and processing. EU regulations must respect and start off from such regulations in order to ensure maximum assurances for consumers”.
Source: Eurocarne Outlook