Controls plan of Provolone Valpadana P.D.O. cheese – Protected Designation of Origin
Art. 7 of Regulation (EU) no. 1151/2012 on quality regimes for agricultural products and foodstuffs requires that agri-food products that benefit from the P.D.O. or P.G.I. are obtained in compliance with the Specification and that conformity to the regulated requirements is checked by control structures authorized by the Member States.
The Consortium has selected C.S.Q.A. Certificazioni S.r.l. (hereinafter referred to as CSQA), as Authorized Inspection Body for Provolone Valpadana Protected Designation of Origin cheese, pursuant to art. 53 of Law no. 128/98, as replaced by art. 14 of Law no. 526/99, which defined the attached document called DPC004 of 29/02/2016, as a guide for carrying out conformity control activities.
What the Control Plan contains
This Control Plan, drawn up on the basis of the regulations filed with the Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Forestry Policies and the modifications proposed and granted, contains all the elements that characterize Provolone Valpadana cheese and, in particular:
- the demarcation of the geographical area in which the raw material is produced, processed and prepared, in whose territory all the players in the regulated sector must be located;
- a description of the product with identification of the raw material, ingredients and final characteristics;
- a description of the traditional method of production;
- the identification and traceability systems for the product and its components;
- the method of presentation when the product is released for consumption.
In addition to the above elements, the current Control Plan describes all the checks to which the product must be subjected in order to be identified with the distinctive mark of the Provolone Valpadana P.D.O..
What does control consist of
The overall set of controls consists of both the activities directly charged to the parties concerned along the regulated production chain (self-control activities) and the conformity controls carried out by the Control Body in order to ascertain the complete conformity of processes and products.
In accordance with the provisions of this Control Plan, the self-control activities carried out by the subjects in the regulated supply chain give rise to the relevant records; these records are examined and evaluated during the inspection checks.
Therefore, the recognised subjects of the supply chain must adequately produce and keep the self-control documentation, making it available for the conformity checks carried out by the Control Organism.