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Posted on05/31/2021

This article talks about some of the well-known distinctions that some food products receive, such as Iberian hams, artisan cheeses and Cantabrian preserves.

Controlled quality seals, origin denomination, protected geographical indication... are quality indications of food products, and help us to choose among thousands of brands and types of products and to select food by quality and origin.

In addition, every year contests and contests are organized where they compete for excellence in food production from around the world. These contests award prizes that translate into more impact for the winners, who can display their achievements in their respective packaging and give their brand more notoriety.

The Protected Designation of Origin (D.O.P.), ham with D.O.

In Spain there are several regions whose Iberian hams and shoulders hams are covered by the Protected Designation of Origin of that specific geographical location. Since each region has a particular climate and each brand has exclusive traditional methods, they can be distinguished by flavor or bouquet. In addition to being pieces from pigs fed exclusively with acorns and from a 100% Iberian pig breed, the hams and shoulder hams are subjected to a laboratory study that measures, among other things, the amount of a nutritional component, oleic acid, present in the fats. Only those that present a percentage higher than a specific measure of this nutrient are marked as pieces with Denomination of Origin (D.O.).

The Denomination of Origin Jabugo

La D.O. Jabugo: vitola, precinto y logotipo

The Denomination of Origin of Jabugo, in the province of Huelva, is one of the most recognized. Jabugo hams are made in a geographical area that includes 31 municipalities. Only these hams, made in the cellars registered in the registry, are recognized as Jabugo hams. The pigs are raised in pastures found in Seville, Huelva, Cádiz, Córdoba, Málaga, Cáceres and Badajoz. The cellars are located in the Sierra de Aracena and Picos de Aroche Natural Park.

The Guijuelo Denomination of Origin

In the Salamanca province are the cellars that are covered by the Denomination of Origin of Guijuelo. The main characteristic of these hams is that they spend more time in the dryers, at a high altitude, so they need less salt to reach their optimal curing point. Therefore, its flavor is sweeter.

The World Cheese Awards

What is the best cheese in the world? A prestigious jury meets in a different city each year to decide which cheese will win such a distinction. You will find this seal on the award-winning cheeses at the World Cheese Awards, depending on whether they have won super gold, gold, silver or bronze:

The 2020 edition was postponed (for obvious reasons) and postponed to 2021 in our country, in the city of Oviedo.

In 2019, in the city of Bergamo (Italy), 3,472 cheeses from 41 different countries around the world participated, in what was the 32nd edition of this contest.

The Controlled Quality of the Cantabrian Sea

Since 25 September 2003, the rules governing the conditions for obtaining the CC Quality Controlled seal are established, a mark that is a guarantee of quality for certain food products.

Thus, the products that exhibit the controlled quality seal have been capable of passing certain controls that have to do with the processes of denomination, description, characteristics, manufacturing, packaging and control regime.

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