Prodotto agroalimentare tradizionale (PAT) is an official approval for traditional Italian regional food products similar to the Protected Geographical Status of the European Union. A list of approved products is published by the Ministry of Agricultural, Food and Forestry Policies.[1] It lists only products that do not qualify for pan-European approval, and as such PAT is only applicable within Italy.[citation needed]

The denomination is attributed by each regional government, in collaboration with the Ministry of Agricultural, Food and Forestry Policies.

In 2019 a total of 5128 products carried PAT certification; the region with the largest number of approved products was Campania, with 531.[2]

Classification

PAT products are classified in ten categories: drinks; meats; condiments; cheeses; oils and fats; vegetables and vegetable products; pasta, bread and patisserie; delicatessen; fish and seafood; and products of animal origin other than those above.[2]

See also

References

  1. ^ Tredicesima revisione dell'elenco dei prodotti agroalimentari tradizionali Archived 27 September 2013 at the Wayback Machine (in Italian). Rome: Ministero delle politiche agricole alimentari e forestali. Accessed June 2014.
  2. ^ a b Allegato al decreto PAT 2019 (in Italian). Ministero delle politiche agricole alimentari, forestali e del turismo. Accessed November 2021.