So it's been over a year and the Cento "certified" San Marzano Tomatoes are still in existence. Funny, since they claim they had labeling issues. I took it upon myself to do some further research. I contacted BioAgriCert - the company in Italy who Cento has on their website as certifying their tomatoes. And it turns out, they are certified - But NOT
San Marzano tomatoes. They are Certified Italian Tomatoes that are grown in Italy and can be traced to the supplier. That's all it means. They are not DOP. They are just regular Italian tomatoes that they have a certification for "certifying" they are Italian. Big deal. This has got to be one of the best play on words pulled on a consumer.
Don't believe me? Contact AgriCert and ask them for a copy of the certification and ask them how they say San Marzano. Here's the broken English response I got:
I have to under mark in the meanwhile we just certify the ‘production chain traceability’ of the producer in Italy, this is the meaning of the ‘22005’ (rif. to UNI EN ISO 22005 Standard) indication you can see under our logo.
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