What Is D.O.P. ?
D.O.P. stands for Denominazione d’Origine Protetta, in English: Protected Designation of Origin.
Food products labelled with this certification are fiercely regulated by a governing body, or consortium, specific to that product from its inception to its final packaging. The land, the animals, and even the surrounding air involved in the production of certain products are just as highly controlled as the processing and ingredients of the product itself.
Why Does It Matter?
A D.O.P food product is certifiably, one hundred percent authentic. The reason for this extra effort is not only to ensure the best possible quality of a product, but also to preserve the production methods and techniques involved, many of which have remained unchanged for centuries.