The Consortium for the Protection of Pecorino Toscano PDO was created on 27 February 1985 and comprises 900 farmers, of whom about 200 are members of the consortium, 17 dairies, two cheese ripeners and a packaging company. For over thirty years the consortium has guaranteed that only pecorino which respects the production regulations is called, recognised and sold as Pecorino Toscano PDO, thus passing on the tradition and strengthening its identity at national and international level.
On 2 July 1996, Pecorino Toscano became one of the range of Protected Designation of Origin (PDO) products. This recognition is bestowed by the European Union on those agri-food products whose quality characteristics depend, essentially or exclusively, on the territory in which they are produced. The geographical environment is composed of both natural and human factors, including the methods of production and the artisan skill which make it possible to obtain a unique product. In order to boast of a Protected Designation of Origin, consortium members must comply with the strict rules written into the production regulations.