GRANA PADANO DOP:
a) Use only milk originating exclusively from the area of origin established in its official production regulations; ; while generic cheeses can use milk from elsewhere, and from outside Italy.
b) Rigorously comply with a series of EU certificate regulations which anyone is entitled to consult; while generic products are not required to make public their contents or recipes, or the processes used to make them.
c) Be inspected by a third party agency authorised for this purpose by Italy’s Ministry of Agriculture, which then certifies (or not) that it complies fully with its DOP EU official regulations. Any eventual certification which generic products may display does not offer the same guarantees of impartiality and fairness, and often the only guarantees such products can really offer is the reputation for reliability that their producing brand may have been able to establish.