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Extra Virgin Olive Oil
European Community

A project for Italy and Greece

The project of traceability and high quality extra virgin olive oil of the CNO has been developed in partnership with Greece and, specifically, with four cooperatives on the Island of Crete: Sitia, Peza, Milopotamos and Mirabello. First and foremost, the project has planned a common strategy for the management of a retraceability system between the operators of the two countries. These operators share the models of the retraceability manuals and the technical specifications developed by both countries. Furthermore, a retraceability manual of the specifications of high quality oils in Italy and Greece has been generated and it is being applied, that is, its control mechanisms are being carried out. The Italian and Greek operators involved in the project will share the verification of information systems for the creation of a data base, from which the information will be available for the generation of SMS and information via QR codes.

This work has been possible thanks to the meetings of the technicians of the two countries for enabling an interchange of the different organisation systems of the production processes and of the management of the flow of material and of the information collected for the handling of traceability. In these meetings, the different information systems available are constantly checked out in order to gather possible analogies and integration.

As a natural evolution of the activity of the circulation, extension and certification of a specification of high quality, the intention is to promote the sharing of a series of services, activities and information among the protagonists of the production process in order to encourage the production, transformation and commercialization of extravirgin olive oil of elevated quality from within the traced process.

The protagonists who participate in this process, benefit from a system of relations and contacts that enable the transformation, packaging and distribution operations to interact amongst themselves and the agricultural realities involved in the programme as if it were more a functional union of a single, large, relocated enterprise.