The consorzio

Latteria Mortaretta and the Consorzio

In our dairy farm in Via Ronchi, just like in any other dairy farm of the Consortium, the production of the Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese religiously follows the same steps traced eight centuries ago.

Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese is a product with the Protected Designation of Origin (P.D.O.), in compliance with the European norm contained in EEC Regulation 2081/92 and with the recognition by Regulation (EC) no. 1107/96.

Cheese produced according to the rules contained in the Production Regulation is the only cheese entitled to bear the Parmigiano-Reggiano mark and, therefore, the wheel must display all the marks required for identifying and distinguishing the product. These marks are subdivided into marks of origin and grade selection marks.

The marks of origin of the Parmigiano reggiano are:
  • the marks printed by means of the stenciling band, placed entirely around the wheel, which has pre-punched dots bearing the inscription "PARMIGIANO-REGGIANO", the identification number of dairy, the production month and year, the acronym "D.O.P." for the Protected Designation of Origin and the inscription "CONSORZIO TUTELA”;
  • the casein plate applied on the surface that shows the production year, the acronym "C.F.P.R." and an alphanumeric code identifying each single wheel.
Latteria Mortaretta’s Marks and Symbols

Parmigiano-Reggiano “cheese wheel and wedge”.
The Consortium is the holder of the Parmigiano-Reggiano P.D.O. marks and is in charge of the relevant supervisory activities, including the correct use of these marks. For this reason, the Consortium identified and registered the mark, which is a "cheese wheel and wedge with the inscription PARMIGIANO-REGGIANO on a blue background", as a visual sign of identification and recognition of Parmigiano-Reggiano in wheel parts.
The application of the "PARMIGIANO-REGGIANO" mark identifies the cheese that was recognized as being of the first category (first grade - zero - one) during the grade selection test for the conformity to P.D.O. standards. The wheels having the market characteristics of the first category bear marks of origin (the dotted inscription, etc.) and the oval hot iron branded mark.

Prima stagionatura
This name identifies the Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese that shows limited or medium-sized defects in the mass and/or rind structural texture, which do not affect the typical organoleptic features of the product. Besides the hot iron branded mark, a special mark consisting of parallel lines is stenciled all around the cheese rind.

Consorzio del Formaggio PARMIGIANO-REGGIANO

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