Grassland-based products: quality and authentication

M. Coppa, A. Cabiddu, M. Elsässer, S. Hulin, V. Lind, B. Martin, M.R. Mosquera-Losada, A. Peeters, S. Prache, A. van den Pol, G. Peratoner

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There is increased consumer demand for food products with a perceived positive image. Product quality can be assessed in terms of food safety, nutritional composition, technological and sensory characteristics and ethics. In order to summarise the current knowledge linking quality traits and management practices, a literature review was performed in relation to seven types of management practice: four concerning animal feeding, one concerning breeds and two concerning ethical aspects of the production, and information is presented as seven tables. Literature on use of authentication and traceability for marketed grassland-based products is summarised in a further five tables. Scientific evidence of the differentiation of grassland-based products is currently consolidating, but some practices lead to uncertain results and deserve further research. Authentication is possible but is used to a relatively small extent because of high costs or the lack of analytical techniques suitable for routine use. Marketing appears to be successful without authentication, but this may lead to product counterfeiting. Research and development should be targeted to find viable low-cost solutions to introduce authentication practices to safeguard the added value of grassland-based products and ensure fair remuneration for producers.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationGrassland resources for extensive farming systems in marginal lands: major drivers and future scenarios
Subtitle of host publicationProceedings of the 19th Symposium of the European Grassland Federation, Alghero, Italy
EditorsC. Porqueddu, A. Franca, G. Lombardi, G. Molle, G. Peratoner, A. Hopkins
Place of PublicationSassari
PublisherEuropean Grassland Federation EGF
ISBN (Electronic)9788890177187
ISBN (Print)9788890177194
Publication statusPublished - 7 May 2017
Event19th Symposium of the European Grassland Federation: Grassland resources for extensive farming systems in marginal lands: major drivers and future scenarios - Alghero, Italy
Duration: 7 May 201710 May 2017

Publication series

NameGrassland science in Europe


Conference19th Symposium of the European Grassland Federation
Internet address


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