Europe has always pursued a strict policy when it comes to consumer protection and food quality protection which, for fresh and processed fruit and vegetables, concerns production methods, the use of synthetic chemicals and production sustainability.
EU food quality regulations include integrated production as a high-quality production method and, subsequently, all EU member countries implemented this regulation by adapting it to the specific needs of their territory.
Italy has a long-standing experience in integrated production, which began in the 1970s. For this reason, the implementation of integrated production methods in Italy is a basic quality standard.
Integrated production means adopting fruit and vegetable production techniques which, in compliance with specific production guidelines, respect people and the environment, reducing the use of synthetic chemicals and favouring the implementation of production methods that increase soil fertility and product quality.
PGI AND PDO CERTIFIED PRODUCTION
The EU quality production system stands out worldwide for its stringent product protection requirements.
By means of a traceability system that allows individual agricultural production companies to be traced, organic certification guarantees organic production, which is achieved in accordance with criteria that prohibit the use of synthetic chemicals and promote environmental sustainability.
The European quality system that safeguards PGI and PDO certified products involves the entire agri-food industry, including the fruit and vegetable sector. Italian fruit and vegetable PGI and PDO products include important varieties such as the Arancia Rossa di Sicilia PGI, Pera dell’Emilia Romagna PGI, Pesca e nettarina di Romagna PGI. In Italy there are currently 93 PDO and PGI certified products in the entire agri-food industry.