Romania submitted to the European Commission the file on the recognition and protection at EU level of Sibiu Salami as Protected Geographical Indication (PGI) product, economica.net informs. This is the second Romanian product that could get this status, after three years ago when Topoloveni jam (Magiun de Topoloveni) obtained the first in Romania this kind of European recognition.
Obtaining PGI status at EU Community level for Sibiu salami was a common desire of meat producers in Romania. They founded in the spring of this year an association in order to protect the brand at EU level, after having made peace on the topic of “Sibiu Salami” name. The organization is called Manufacturers Association of Sibiu Salami (APSS), based in Bacau County and includes companies as Agricola Bacau, Aldis, H & E Reinert, Salsi and Scandia Romania. They achieve 90 percent of the production of Sibiu salami in Romania, a market estimated at EUR 30 million.
Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development (MADR) aims that by the end of 2015, Romania to have at least 10 documentations sent to EU, products that have been identified as notorious: ‘Covurlui Cheese’, N?dlac’Salami ‘, ‘Pecica bread’, ‘Plescoi sausages’, ‘Virsli’, ‘Braila’s Giulianca cheese’, ‘Rhubarb jam’, ‘Smoked and gutted Danubian shad ‘ and ‘Cottage from Marginimea Sibiului’.
According to MADR data, 1427 traditional products are globally guaranteed, from which EU has 1,404. Italy owns the most protected products – 296, then France with 243 products, Spain – 205, Portugal – 139, Greece – 106, Germany – 96.