The Designation of Origin is a system that protects a cultural and gastronomic heritage.
The system guarantees the product’s origin and uniqueness.
It ensures that its production follows strict specifications established through traditional and ancestral know-how.
To be acknowledged as a Designation of Origin, a dairy product must:
• Originate from a determined region or zone
• Satisfy specific production regulations
• Have an officially established reputation
• Apply for and obtain Designation of Origin recognition from INAO and thereafter, apply for a PDO recognition from the European Union.
AOC = PDO
Appellation d’Origine Contrôlée: C as controlled by the INAO.
Protected Designation of Origin: P as protected by the European Union.
These two terms can only be delivered by these two official authorities.
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Since May 1st, 2009, consumers worldwide are able to discover the PDO logo or the written mention: « Protected Designation of Origin » on packaging of all products that obtained the French AOC logo and thereafter, joined the European PDO family.