The designation of origin “Prosciutto di Modena” is legally protected by Law no.11 of 12 January 1990: “Protection of the designation of origin of Prosciutto di Modena, definition of the production zone and product characteristics” and EC Reg. 1107/1996, with which Prosciutto di Modena was awarded PDO (Protected Designation of Origin) status.
Prosciutto di Modena can bear the PDO mark when it meets the following essential requirements:
Traceability is guaranteed by a series of stamps or marks, all recognisable also on the finished product, applied to the thigh by each member of the supply chain during the various stages of processing.
Every piglet's thigh is tattooed by the farmer within 30 days of birth to guarantee its origin and age
The slaughterhouse applies its own identification stamp to each fresh thigh
An indelible mark called the seal applied to the fresh thigh by the prosciutto producer upon arrival at the plant, indicating the date on which processing begins and attesting to the selection procedure
A brand applied at the end of the ageing process by the oversight body to distinguish Prosciutto di Modena; an integral part of this brand is the number assigned to each producer to facilitate traceability
Autorità di gestione: Direzione Generale Agricoltura, Caccia e Pesca Regione Emilia-Romagna. Beneficiari: Consorzio Tutela Lambrusco e Consorzio del prosciutto di Modena
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