The Spanish Company has pledged to stop using this term for all foods manufactured by Campofrio

Reggio Emilia, 4 June 2004 - The Consorzio del Formaggio Parmigiano-Reggiano is delighted about the agreement reached with Campofrio Alimentacion, whereby the Spanish trading company expressly recognises the exclusive lawful right of the Consortium to the “Parmigiano-Reggiano” protected designation of origin, including any translation, as well as the designation “Parmesan”. The agreement recognises the provisions of EEC Regulation 2081/92 on protecting geographic indications and protected designations of origin for agricultural and food products and accepts the interpretation of the EU Court of Justice.
Under this agreement, the Spanish Company pledges to stop using the designation “parmesan” to indicate any type of foodstuff manufactured by Campofrio.
After establishing that Campofrio was selling cooked, smoked sausages labelled “parmesan con autèntico queso” (“parmesan with authentic cheese”) on the Spanish market, the Consorzio del Parmigiano-Reggiano formally requested the company to stop using this term and to comply with directives on the designation in effect in Italy.
As a result of this legal notice sent by the Consorzio del Parmigiano-Reggiano, Campofrio, which was using the term “Parmesan” in good faith, signed the agreement, deciding to recall the disputed products with the designation by 31 December 2004.
“This agreement signed with Campofrio Alimentacion is certainly a major success for the Consorzio del Parmigiano-Reggiano – declared the Chairman, Andrea Bonati – as part of our ongoing efforts to safeguard the protected designation of origin at an EU and international level”.
Mr Bonati concluded “The recognition of lawful exclusive rights to the designation and any translation by the Spanish company can definitely create a major precedent for the procedure established by the EU against Germany in the unlawful use of the term “Parmesan” by some German manufacturers for cheeses which do not comply with the production standards of the Consortium and that do not come from the area of origin (which includes the Italian provinces of Parma, Reggio Emilia, Modena, Bologna and Mantua).”

Consorzio del Formaggio Parmigiano-Reggiano
in association with Centro Stampa – Bologna

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David Thual
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