The total number of cheese wheels affected by the earthquake amounts to almost 600.000 units and the operations to extract the cheese from the affected facilities have not been completed yet.
However, it can be estimated that less than 50% of the cheese can continue ageing in neighbouring facilities in respect of the conditions indicated by the product specification for the PDO Parmigiano Reggiano. Once matured, this cheese will be sold on the market as Parmigiano Reggiano, bearing the markings and seals of Consortium and of the PDO. Therefore, it is not possible to find on markets PDO Parmigiano Reggiano at a reduced price.
On the contrary, approximately 300.000 wheels, corresponding
to the 10% of the total annual production, have been damaged and therefore cannot continue ageing. Consequently, depending on the amount and nature of the damage, this cheese will be portioned, grated or processed: not complying with the PDO standard it cannot be sold as Parmigiano Reggiano, rather it will bear a generic name (e.g.: hard cheese).
The so-called Parmigiano Reggiano cheese "hit by the earthquake" doesn’t exist. Facilities can be affected by the earthquake while the cheese bearing the Parmigiano Reggiano and PDO marks complies with all the procedures set for PDO
and is subject to strict certification controls: this means that it
is absolutely safe and good.
Parmigiano Reggiano cheese is always produced in compliance with the strict PDO production regulation, it is marked by the Consortium and certified by the controlling body. The name Parmigiano Reggiano, the wheel-and-wedge black logo
and the round red-and-yellow PDO logo all guarantee that the product, whether in wedges or grated, is authentic Parmigiano Reggiano. The Consortium and the controlling body are carefully inspecting all facilities on daily bases in order to ensure the respect of the standard and of the designation of origin Parmigiano Reggiano.