Iberian Quality Regulations.
At Jamón Pasión we celebrate the approval by Royal Decree 4/2014, of January 10, which approves the quality standard for Iberian meat, ham, shoulder and loin, in order to avoid fraud and inform the consumer more clearly about the quality of the ham they want to buy. In this way, the conservation of the Iberian breed is also promoted.
Royal Decree 4/2014, of January 10, which approves the quality standard for Iberian meat, ham, shoulder and loin.
Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Environment
«BOE» no. 10 of January 11, 2014
Last Modified: June 11, 2016
Royal Decree 1083/2001, of October 5, which approves the quality standard
for Iberian ham, Iberian palette and Iberian loin, made in Spain, had
as an object to define the characteristics of the quality and marking of Iberian products
present in the market.
Since the approval of the aforementioned royal decree, various modifications have been made and
several ministerial orders were approved for its development, causing a situation of
regulatory dispersion, which made it advisable to compile the current texts in a single standard.
All of this gave rise to the publication of Royal Decree 1469/2007, which approves the
quality standard for Iberian meat, ham, shoulder and loin.
This standard extended its scope of application to products from the cutting of
the carcass that are marketed fresh. It also expanded the type of products that
could be labeled as Iberian based on factors linked to the system of
On the other hand, he introduced the list of municipal terms in which the
uses of wooded pastures that can be considered as pastures suitable for
the feeding of the Iberian pig with the designation of «bellota».
Additionally, the regulation sought to strengthen control mechanisms through a
reinforcement of the provisions related to the actions of the Entities
Independent of Control.
Finally, the Iberian Mesa was set up to monitor, harmonize
and development of everything related to the Iberian Quality Standard
After five years of operation of this quality standard, certain
imbalances in the production sector, such as the decline in the censuses and productions of the
pure pig breed and extensive production systems linked to the pasture, which
indicating the advisability of issuing a new regulation on the matter.
Difficulties have also been detected in relation to the acceptance and knowledge of
products by consumers, as a result of an excessive variety of
mentions on the label that can lead to confusion for the consumer. about this same
aspect, the use of part of the designations of the
products with inappropriate typology and font size and labeling distribution so
random that the consumer cannot effectively distinguish which product it is,
when the differences between the different designations are very relevant and their confusion
produces, in addition to deceiving the consumer, unfair competition between companies that is
I need to tackle
LINK TO THE BOE WEB
In the following link you can directly access the reading or download in PDF of the Royal Decree on the Iberian quality standard on the Official State Gazette WEB.