Parmigiano Reggiano: agreement with Algeria for new exports

Health agreement reached between Italian Ministry of Health and Algerian authorities to allow imports of dairy products from Italy

Reggio Emilia, January 16th, 2015 - Just a few days after overcoming the obstacles for exports to South Korea, another restraint has been removed to create new market outlets for Parmigiano Reggiano cheese. The Ministry of Health has announced that as a result of lengthy negotiations, an agreement has been reached with the Algerian authorities to define a health certificate for the export of milk and milk-based products from Italy, including, of course, hard cheeses. This creates the conditions for initiating new dairy product trade flows for the north African market.

"We wish to express particular appreciation," emphasizes the Consortium, "for this result, and for the work of the health authorities."  "Quite apart from the sheer size of the Algerian market," continues the protection body, "it is important to underscore that thanks to the action of the system, it is possible to overcome the barriers that still limit our exports to many markets. In fact, this result has been made possible not only thanks to the efforts of the Ministry of Health, but also as a result of collaboration by the health authorities of the Emilia Romagna and Lombardy regions, as well as Assolatte [the Italian Dairy Association]."

A new file containing the export certificate will be inserted in the international veterinary section of the Ministry of Health's site on the page: http://www.salute.gov.it/veterinariaInternazionale/paginaInternaMenuVeterinariaInternazionale.jsp.