Parma, a new Grana cheese suitable for Muslims

'Verdiano' aimed at India and Islamic countries markets

30 March, 17:46

(ANSAmed) - PARMA, MARCH 30 - They have chosen the name 'Il Verdiano' for Parma's first hard grana-type cheese to be produced using vegetable rennet. The copyright was applied for by Gisella Pizzin (from the Animal Health Department of Parma's School of Veterinary Medicine)along with the University to which it belongs. The cheese will be produced for the present in a dairy unit in Soragna, a village in the Province of Parma. This new technology opens new and significant market prospects for the production of grana cheese. The product will be able to access those world markets such as India or countries of predominantly Muslim faith, whose ethical and religious considerations rule out traditional grana cheese made with rennet extracted from the stomach of a suckling calf.

As Doctor Afro Quarantelli, who runs the animal production department at Parma University explains: ''The creation of 'Verdiano' will enable this famed global product to be placed on global markets, giving traders and marketing experts as well as consumers the clear message that the Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese making area is moving with the times and meeting the justifiable requirements of innumerable consumers who would otherwise be among those enjoying the traditional product''.

To mark the presentation of the patent, the trademark that will go with the new product was also on show. (ANSAmed).

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