The “Consorzio del Formaggio Parmigiano Reggiano” is the group of producers which includes all the cheese houses making Parmigiano-Reggiano.
The responsibilities of the Consortium include:
- regulating use of the certification marks and protecting Parmigiano-Reggiano from imitations
- Distributing information about Parmigiano-Reggiano and promoting purchase and use
- Improving and perfecting Parmigiano-Reggiano’s qualities to safeguard its uniqueness and special characteristics.
The Consortium is also officially charged with the important duty of applying the certification and identifying marks of Parmigiano Reggiano cheese – the distinctive signs of conformity to the Regulations of the Protected Designation of Origin (PDO), granted by the regulatory body of the EU.
The Consortium is entrusted by law to verify the authenticity of Parmigiano Reggiano and employs monitoring agents with the same qualifi cations as public safety officers.
The Consortium is a non-profit organisation.