Guarantee of quality 

Guarantee of quality of the Consorcio del Jamón Serrano Español

Since 1990, the Consorcio del Jamón Serrano Español has been the Association uniting the main Serrano ham producers-exporters in Spain. To independently guarantee product quality is the fundamental guiding principle of this group.

Via continuous inspections and audits, each production plant is strictly assessed in order to verify that they comply with optimum hygiene standards. At the same time, control of the raw materials, the manufacturing process and the most significant part, the finished product, is carried out.

What guarantees a Consorcio Serrano Ham?

The Quality Control Department of the Consorcio del Jamón Serrano Español, via quality control and selection piece by piece, seeks to guarantee a product that not only is of high quality but is also homogeneous, with a unique texture, smell and taste that identifies genuine Spanish cured ham as remaining constant over time.

Ham is a very complex product and it is difficult to guarantee its ultimate quality. Therefore, the final selection of each piece is our secret to ensuring a homogeneous and standardised product in all the Consorcio Serrano Hams. Only a limited amount of Spanish Serrano Hams are worthy of the “Exclusive Signature” or Consorcio Serrano Quality Seal.

This seal is only reserved for those Spanish Serrano Hams that comply with the following quality guidelines:

  • Compliance with the quality standard of the Consorcio del Jamón Serrano Español.
  • The production process of Serrano ham takes place exclusively in Spain.
  • European TSG (Traditional Speciality Guaranteed) certification, which protects the “Jamón Serrano” designation.
  • Average maturation of 12 months (minimum maturation time: 10.5 months = 45 weeks).
  • Control of the facilities by periodic inspections and audits of the process and product at every production plant.
  • Quality guarantee on each piece of Serrano ham using a numbered control label.
Serrano ham guarantees
Country of Origin Spain
Salting and maturing process 6 to 15 days
Private certification 10.5 to 24 months
European certification Consorcio del Jamón Serrano Español, TSG
Weight of piece (bone-in) starting at 6.5 kg
Texture, colour and flavour Firm, red, purple and intense

Therefore, the final selection of each piece is our secret to ensuring a homogeneous and standardised product in all the Consorcio Serrano Hams.

Fire Seal and the CJSE Control Tag: guaranteed certifications
Origin of the designation Traditional, historic character, with a private quality label.
Legislation of reference EU regulation 509/06. Private quality guidelines (last amendment of 31/05/2002)
Quality countermark Fire seal on the final product (whole piece). Numbered control label. Logo of the Consorcio del Jamón Serrano Español. Generic European TSG (Traditional Speciality Guaranteed) distinctive sign.
Scope of legal protection In all of the EU and as a registered trade mark in most third countries.
Origin of raw material (fresh/froze ham) Only Spanish.
Place of Production Spain.
Required minimum maturing period 45 weeks, verified by periodic inspections (315 days). (Verified average of 48 weeks).
Minimum required loss (of weight while fresh) 34%
Fat content (fat thickness at the confluence of the knuckle and the hip) Minimum 1 cm. In addition to assessment of the fat content of the piece as a whole at the time of inspection.
Legislation about preservatives The following are valid: E-250, E-252; E-300; E-301 (limits established in the European directive 95/2).
Presentation as the final product V-cut whole ham (with foot and without foot). All modalities come in boned form (except 1/4 portions). Semi-boned. Sliced.
Control system Product certification by accredited organization EN-45011. Periodic auditing of the CORSORCIO SERRANO process at each production plant. Final inspection of product, PIECE BY PIECE.
Pieces controlled for exportation Estimated 625,000 annually.

Why Consorcio Serrano ham?

There is a large variety in the quality of Serrano ham. The Consorcio del Jamón Serrano Español is the association of Spanish producers of Serrano ham that has guaranteed quality with their control seal since 1990.

  • 100% Serrano ham from Spain, matured for an average of 12 months.
  • A thorough quality control in traditional production processes
  • Piece by piece ham selection at the prime moment for consumption

Process and quality controls Ham Consorcio Serrano

Types of Serrano ham Serrano ham Consorcio Serrano ham
TGS Guarantee

Origin of raw material No restrictions 100% Spanish
Minimum maturing period (weeks)  30 45
Inspection and quality control audit TGS audit  Double audit: TSG + installations and processes
Final product selection piece by piece Not required Guaranteed regularity. Prime moment for consumption. Uniformity
Geographical restriction U.E. Spain
Traditional Specialty Guaranteed (TSG)Ham of “specific character” that distinguishes it from other similar products of the same category and its method of production or transformation is “traditional”.