Mozzarella PDO is produced using exclusively fresh whole buffalo milk, from breeding farms located in the certified area.
The Protected Designation of Origin mark identifies the organoleptic and product characteristics of cheese typical to the buffalo mozzarella from Campania, derived from specific environmental conditions and traditional processing methods, existing only in this specific production area.
Only dairies that pass the demanding certification process can obtain the PDO mark. Subsequently, these companies are constantly monitored and analysed to ensure compliance with the specification and the high quality standards of the product.
HOW TO RECOGNIZE THE MOZZARELLA DI BUFALA CAMPANA PDO?
AT THE TABLE. The porcelain white, the smooth surface, the initially elastic consistency which then becomes softer, are essential characteristics of its appearance. Once cut, there is a whitish serosity spill with the aroma of lactic ferments. The taste of a Mozzarella di Bufala PDO is always distinct, but at the same time delicate.
PACKAGING According to law D.l.vo 109/92, art. 23, the PDO Mozzarella di Bufala Campana cheese must be sold only if pre-packaged at the origin (heat-sealed bags, trays, glass, etc.). MARKS Each package must bear the following indications: • the trademarks of the Protection Consortium; • PDO trademarks; • Mozzarella di Bufala Campana denomination; • references to the national (D.P.C.M. 10/5/93) and community law (Reg. CE n.1107/96); • authorization number of the dairy (AUT. CONSORZIO TUTELA N. 000/00/0000). LABELLING All the mozzarellas on the market with packaging bearing the denomination “Mozzarella di Bufala”, “Mozzarella bufalina”, etc., are NOT PDO certified and these denominations are NOT allowed by law. WARRANTY If the packaging is a knotted envelope, there must be a warranty seal over the knot, affixed by the manufacturer. The mozzarella packaged without a seal could easily be replaced with a non-PDO mozzarella.
Fonte: Consorzio Tutela Mozzarella di Bufala Campana DOP