the consortium

The official body in charge of protecting and promoting the quality of one of the most highly regarded cured hams in the world.

About the Consortium

The Consorzio del Prosciutto di Parma was set up in 1963, on the initiative of 23 producers in order to safeguard the traditional processing method of Parma Ham. Since then, it has been the official body in charge of protecting and promoting the quality of one of the most highly regarded cured hams in the world.

Today, the Consortium supports and works in partnership with the 160 producers of Parma Ham to ensure compliance with production specifications and to guarantee the genuine, 100% natural product is made available to the rest of the world.

tasks & functions

Management and Safeguard of the Production Regulations

TASKS AND FUNCTIONS

 

Management and Safeguard of the Production Regulations

were filed at the European Union for the Protected Designation of Origin “Parma Ham”. These Regulations set out the rules relating to the production of Parma Ham.

Management of the Economic Policy,

includes formulation of strategies, trends and macro-economic policies for Parma Ham.

Definition of Quality Control Schedules

It is now possible to scientifically check that the hams meet the quality requirements in terms of amount of salt, degree of humidity and level of proteolysis.

Supervision, in general terms, concerning the correct observance of provisions laid down by law and by regulations,

at the breeding farms, slaughterhouses, producers and traders at all levels; full time inspectors act as Judiciary Police Agents. These inspectors may carry out any type of verification, inspection or control of whoever produces, packages, keeps or sells hams in any type of establishment. Any incorrect procedures recorded will be prosecuted with administrative, civil or penal measures.

Protection of the denomination “Parma Ham” and of the relative brand (Ducal Crown) world-wide

The Consortium protects the use of the denomination “Parma Ham” and the relative brands, stamps and identification seals, and for the suppression of any illegal use of the same, or any act of unfair competition. To do this, the Consortium can take any suitable measure, including legal measures, in particular in countries where the product is widely marketed.

Assistance to associated companies

through advisory services and other support is offered to improve production and marketing of Parma Ham.

Promoting and enhancing the product

The Consortium of Parma Ham also provides marketing support to enhance the image of Parma Ham worldwide.