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Balsamic vinegar from Modena obtains the EU Protected Geographical Indication

Italy has stretched its lead at the top of the European Union quality-food charts with the long-awaited entry of balsamic vinegar from Modena.

The vinegar, whose origins are shrouded in mystery, will shortly achieve a Protected Geographical Indication (PGI) label, sources at the European Commission said.

Italian farm organisation Cia hailed the nod for Aceto Balsamico di Modena, noting that it had taken 13 years to come.

Agriculture Minister Luca Zaia said the accolade ''fills us with pride''.

Another local product, Aceto Balsamico Tradizionale di Modena, already has a more prestigious EU seal, that of Protected Designation of Origin (PDO).

The condiment, which is not really a vinegar because it is made from a reduction of cooked grape juice, has been made in Modena and Reggio Emilia since the Middle Ages. Italy now has 178 products which boast one of the European Union's top food laurels: a PDO seal, a PGI label or the more recent Traditional Speciality Guaranteed (TSG) certificate.

by S. C.
12 june 2009, World News > Italy