The Sibiu salami officially receives Protected Geographical Indication status 20 days from the publication of the registration notice in the Official Journal of the European Union

The minister of Agriculture, mr. Achim Irimescu, congratulates the members of the Association of Sibiu Salami Producers for their achievement and encourages all producers of quality food to follow in their steps.

“I am especially pleased to support Romanian producers and products that strive for excellence, whose dedication and product quality have made them known everywhere abroad! I congratulate the members of the Association of Sibiu Salami Producers, who applied and received on February 19th the Protected Geographical Indication status for their product, and I assure them of my continuing and unconditional support. I equally encourage all manufacturers of quality products to follow the Association’s example and I assure them of the full involvement and cooperation of the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development (MADR), as well as of the Permanent Representation of Romania to the EU,” wrote Thursday the minister of Agriculture on his Facebook page.

Romania managed to secure EU-wide Protected Geographical Indication status for the ‘Sibiu Salami’, the country’s second product to enter the list in 2011 after Magiun de Prune Topoloveni (plum jam), said the minister of Agriculture, Mr. Achim Irimescu, on February 19th, in a statement reported by AGERPRES.

“Romania has already secured EU-wide protected status for the ‘Sibiu Salami’, but it will officially enter into force 20 days from the date of publication in the Official Journal of the European Union, as per the European regulation. Telemea (soft cheese) de Ibănești is in the final stage of the process; it could have received PGI status earlier because the application was submitted before the one for the Sibiu salami, but the Greeks filed a complaint to protect their own soft cheese. Now that we’ve cleared things up, I believe that within one month at the most we’ll receive protected status for our cheese as well. Next on the list is Novac afumat (smoked bighead carp),” added the minister.

On November 17th 2014, the European Commission received the application for the registration of the name ‘Salam de Sibiu’ — Protected Geographical Indication, submitted by the Association of Sibiu Salami Producers, a group of five Romanian cured meat manufacturers that together produce 90% of Romania’s Sibiu salami: Agricola Bacău, Aldis, H&E Reinert, Salsi, and Scandia Romania, with CrisTim joining the Association later.

According to MADR, 1,427 traditional products enjoy protected status worldwide, of which 1,404 are made in the EU. Italy has the most (296), followed by France (243), Spain (205), Portugal (139), Greece (106), and Germany (96).