The Consortium keeps the Production Specifications and ensures that it is applied correctly. It protects and safeguards the trademark in order to ensure that there is no misuse or illegitimate use of the trademark or of the “Prosciutto di San Daniele” Protected Designation of Origin (PDO), under an assignment from the Italian Ministry for Agricultural, Food and Forestry Policies (MIPAAF) issued on 22 April 2002, in accordance with Article 14, sub-section 15, Act of Law no. 526/99.
The Specifications ensure traceability of each single ham, since it requires stamps be affixed to the rind indicating the origin of the pig, the ID of the slaughterhouse, the date on which processing was started and the ID of the ham factory. The Consortium promotes and implements activities for perfecting and improving the quality of production. It provides assistance and technical advisory services for its member manufacturers. It safeguards the typical features and characteristics of the product, regulates issues of common interest to all the parties involved in the production chain (farmers, slaughterhouses, ham factories) and carries on technical and production standardisation activities in every area of interest.