Did you know that… as a result of very strict laws, imports of meat-based products to Canada are very limited?
Despite the wealth and diversity of meat and deli products in Italy, only Prosciutto di Parma is authorized to cross over to the Canadian border. Note: once Canadian retailers place this product on their shelves, it is given the name of “Original Prosciutto” in an effort to differentiate it from the Prosciutto produced in Canada called “Parma Prosciutto.”

Loyal fans of Original Prosciutto know how to easily spot their adored ham—in addition to having a different name, the product also bears a seal of authenticity nobly symbolized by a Ducal coronet (only, of course, if it meets all of the quality requirements!) on its magnificent rind.

For more information, visit the official Prosciutto di Parma Web site: http://www.prosciuttodiparma.com

A few statistics:

With imports of this product steadily increasing—12.3% between 2000 and 2001 and 34.44% between 2001 and 2002—it is clear how much Canadians truly enjoy Original Prosciutto!

In 2002, 174,899 kg were imported directly from Italy. Quite a respectable accomplishment in such a competitive market, wouldn’t you say?

Source : Statistics Canada

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