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Certifications and other product quality protections

Styrian Pumpkin Seed Products comply with various certifications – for example, EU Organic Certification and PGI Certification.

EU Organic Certification

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As the demand for and production of organic products in the European Union (EU) has increased, so has the EU’s efforts in terms of policy implementation, standards, and monitoring. These regulations are regarded by many as the toughest (highest standard) in the world. The EU regulation on organic farming covers not only production and processing, but also the control and labelling of organic food. Organic farmers, processors and traders, must comply with strict EU requirements if they want to use the EU organic logo or label their products as organic.

The EU requires an equally strict control system with checks carried out at every stage of the organic chain. Every operator (farmer, processor, trader, importer or exporter) is checked at least once a year, or more often on the basis of risk assessment.

So whenever you buy organic food, you can be confident that it has been produced in accordance with strict environmental and animal welfare rules and checked accordingly.

Protected Geographical Indication (PGI)

The cultivation of pumpkins for the extraction of pumpkin seed oil has been a local tradition in Styria for many generations. In 1996, the EU-Commision declared “Styrian Pumpkin Seed Oil P.G.I.” as a Protected Geographical Indication (PGI). The P.G.I. label was created in order to protect the origin of the pumpkin seeds and secure a long-term income potential for Styrian pumpkin farmers and operators of oil presses.

With its designation as a product of Protected Designation of Origin, Styrian Pumpkin Seed Oil P.G.I. joins the company of products such as: Prosciutto di Parma, Prosciutto di San Daniele, Greek Feta Cheese and Nürnberger Lebkuchen as one of the most well controlled, elite and exclusive European specialities.

Objectives of Origin Protection

  • Ensure consumer safety and confidence
  • Establish and maintain a high quality standard
  • Protect the local pumpkin crop
  • Prevent foreign pumpkin seeds from being used
  • Provide unified marketing for Styrian Gold Pumpkin Seed Oil – P.G.I.
  • Preserve the positive image of Styrian Gold Pumpkin Seed Oil – P.G.I.

Following the regulation (EG) Nr. 510/2006 the designation “Styrian Pumpkin Seed Oil”, regulation (EG) Nr. 1263/96, may only be used when the basic product specifications are met, as well as the following criteria:

The seeds used in pressing must come from pumpkins of the species Cucurbita pepo var. styriaca

  • The area of cultivation of the oil pumpkin lays in the identified political districts.
  • The pressing of the pumpkin seeds takes place an oil press which is found in the listed districts.
  • The procedure for the pressing of the pumpkin seeds follows traditional methods, meaning the washed and dried seeds are ground, are then slowly and gently heated and finally pressed without the use of any refining procedures.
  • The oil must be 100% pure Pumpkin Seed Oil from the first pressing.

Over 900 domestic pumpkin seed producers and 30 oil pressers (2500 members) formed the “Steirisches Kürbiskernöl g.g.A.” (Styrian Pumpkin Seed Oil. P.G.I.) collective of producers implement the origin protection of Styrian pumpkin seed oil to ensure the origin of each Styrian Pumpkin Seed Oil P.G.I. can be followed from the harvest to the pressing and finally the sales of the oil. Each step along the way is documented and can be audited at any time.

 

PGI Recognition Symbol and Label

To identify genuine Styrian Pumpkin Seed Oil – P.G.I., look for this stamp with a registration number, on the cap. The stamp guarantees you that the production of the oil was monitored all the way from the farmer’s fields to the store shelves. You can be sure that every bottle of Styrian Pumpkin Seed Oil bearing this stamp was produced under the strictest quality standards. The excise stamp ensures the originality, authenticity and quality control of the Styrian Pumpkin Seed Oil – P.G.I.

PGI Label

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