The Product Specification for the Protected Geographical Identification (PGI) “Olio Extra Vergine di Oliva IGP Sicilia” was laid down by the Food and Agriculture Department of Sicily last month and it has already been approved by the national authorities. The path to Brussels is open and the European Commission’s approval will be the final step in the recognition of Sicilian olive oil.
The Protected Geographical Identification (PGI) is a EU designation to protect the origin of an agricultural product or foodstuff which originates in the European Union and is made according to the procedures established by the Regulation (EU) No 1151/2012 of the European Parliament and the Council of 21 November 2012.
A product specification states the specific rules agricultural products and foods have to fulfill to obtain the PGI, among which is a detailed description of the product itself (including raw materials, and physical, chemical, microbiological and organoleptic characteristics), the definition and description of the geographical area, a description of the methods used to obtain the product and, if appropriate, the authentic and unvarying local methods.
A PGI is an E.U. program to protect and support the link between the quality or characteristics of a product and the geographical environment it comes from.
– REGULATION (EU) No 1151/2012 OF THE EUROPEAN PARLIAMENT AND OF THE COUNCIL of 21 November 2012Extra Virgin Olive Oil IGP Sicilia,