You want to know where your food comes from?
You trust the sign ‘real Italian’ or ‘from the region’?
Then maybe you need some tipps!
Most places and regional names are unprotected. Black Forest ham mostly does not come from the Black Forest. Genuine Italian tinned tomatoes almost all come from China, which is by far the biggest tomato producer in the world. The South Tyrolean apple does not have to come from South Tyrol either, just as the Kiwi de Corse does not have to be grown on the popular island. All this happens under the designation ‘protected geographical indication’ (> blue label). With this very well-known label, it is enough if, for example, the packaging takes place at least partly in the place indicated…Sounds great right?
For processed fruit and vegetables, such as canned food – with a few exceptions – no country of origin has to be indicated. This is only the case with organic goods. But here, too, producers have found a solution. For example, with the EU organic label (in contrast to other organic labels such as demeter) the designation ‘EU agriculture’ or ‘non-EU agriculture’ is sufficient. Definitely not so transparent…
But wait! There are, unfortunately rather few, protected designations of origin (> red label). You can find them under ‘protected designation of origin’. Examples: olives de Nîmes, Allgäu mountain cheese. These products must have been produced, manufactured and processed in the designated area.
YES, it is possible!