The Agriculture Ministry has so far certified 480 traditional products, Brasov and Maramures counties topping the list with 143 and 56 products respectively, while 15 counties have no certified traditional products, Viorel Morarescu, director general within the Agriculture Ministery, stated.
“So far we have 480 traditional products certified and another 10 certification bids in progress. Re-certification continues until we will have sufficient products on the market, but also depending on consumers’ requests. I can say that the products certified based on the new legislation are far more appreciated, and their producers say their sales have grown by 20-25 per cent.
It’s very important that these producers make no deduction of quality,” Viorel Morarescu emphasized.
He pointed out that on-field verifications into “everything that product traceability means” will start in the following period.
“We control traditional producers on a yearly basis, but also during this period, for everything that product traceability means: raw materials, processing and recipe. Once the paperwork is filed we have to verify on the field what the tender book says, and the controls are conducted not just by the Agriculture Ministry but also by the other institutions involved, namely the Health Ministry, ANPC and ANSVSA,” the general director added.
According to Agriculture Ministry data, the highest number of certified traditional products was registered in Brasov County (143), followed by Maramures (56), Alba (46), Arges (33), Satu Mare
(26), Botosani (23) and Covasna (20).
At the same time, most certified traditional products are meat products (195), dairy products (120), bread, breadstuffs and pastry products (71), vegetables/fruits (43), fish (18), alcoholic beverages (30) and other products (3).
According to the new legislation, the traditional product has to be made in Romania, should not be obtained in an industrial manner, should not contain food additives, and the technological and processing process involved should have a traditional character featuring recipes handed down for generations.