(ANSA) – ROME, JUN 13 – The world-wide turnover of pretend ‘Italian’
foods merchandise has risen to an yearly 120 billion euros,
Coldiretti farmers team claimed Monday.
“Thanks to the continued increase of Italian sounding makes, more than
two-thirds of ‘Italian’ food products and solutions in the environment are now
phony,” it stated, incorporating that the Ukraine war’s influence on globe
trade experienced exacerbated the predicament.
Between the most ‘cloned’ merchandise are cheeses, led by Parmigiano
Reggiano and Grana Padano.
Other prime bogus brand names are legendary chilly cuts like Parma and San
Daniele ham and mortadella from Bologna, explained Coldiretti.
Richer nations are more very likely to have untrue Italian sounding
goods, these types of as the US, where the company is well worth some 40
Italy is to step up the fight in opposition to Italian sounding food
fakes, Overseas Minister Luigi Di Maio informed the AGM of food
federation Federalimentare in a videolink with the Cibus reasonable
The government’s approach for the remarkable advertising of Italian
goods very last yr “envisages action to protect brands and
quality and origin certifications , and to combat Italian
sounding products and solutions” like Parmesan, he mentioned.
Di Maio explained that “harming techniques, like Italian sounding
(products and solutions), have reached worrying proportions, in particular in the
The Italian overseas ministry, he reported, was engaged in “an
powerful motion of combating the counterfeiting of Italian merchandise
on a global scale”.
In 2008 The European Court docket of Justice (ECJ) claimed Germany broke
European Union regulations by permitting the title ‘Parmesan’ to be utilised
for a German cheese that mimicked Italy’s glory Parmigiano
Parmigiano Reggiano has the EU’s Protected Designation
of Origin (PDO) status.
The Parmigiano Reggiano Consortium has experienced to turn out to be
more and more assertive in defending its product’s name from
It initially scored a essential authorized victory many several years back when
it managed to cease an American cheesemaker from using the
Parmigiano tag on its grated cheese.
This was the fourth time in ten a long time that a US firm
had been pressured to eliminate the label from its solution.
In 2003, Italy lobbied to have cloned American parmesan
denied permission to export around the globe.
The US item later unsuccessful in its bid to be admitted to
the United Nations Food items and Agriculture Organization’s (FAO)
Parmigiano Reggiano continues to be sold in cloned
versions in South The united states, Japan and Britain, when in France
‘parmesan’ refers solely to the Italian cheese.
In Brazil a pirated version is promoted as Parmesao,
even though Argentina phone calls its faux parmesan Regianito.
Online income of common Italian foods and wine produce are
booming but purchasers really should be careful of cons, a new study
The sale of phony products generally divides into two broad
classes, the research observed.
To begin with, there are goods that bear faux high-quality labels
implying they have been produced to certain specifications.
This is evidently a individual issue for Parmigiano
Reggiano cheese, which has been plagued by those inferior clones
about the a long time.
The 2nd class handles items labelled as coming from
1 geographical place but which actually occur from one more
put fully, these types of as a Pompeian olive oil built in
The imitation of Italy’s key food items solutions is on the rise
despite efforts to ban inferior clones, the Foreign Trade
Institute (ICE) reported a short while ago.
‘Italian-sounding’ items now rake in some 6 billion
dollars in income even though the real articles or blog posts only make about
two billion bucks, explained ICE, presenting the benefits of a
survey of North American specialty foodstuff merchants carried out
with the Parma Chamber of Commerce.
Some 97% of ‘Italian’ pasta sauces and 76% of canned
tomatoes on the North American current market are bogus, ICE reported.
The Usa is now churning out 1.7 million tonnes of
imitation cheese like 1.3 million tonnes of mock
mozzarella, 120 million tonnes of pretend provolone, 111,000
tonnes of phony ricotta and 60,000 tonnes of pirated
Gorgonzola is marketed as Cambozola in Germany, Austria,
Belgium and Britain, exactly where it is a favorite with foodies.
Australia tries even more challenging to camouflage the title with
Two other cheeses, Asiago from the far north and Robiola
from Emilia, are respectively cloned in Wisconsin and Canada.
‘Danish Grana’ can be observed on US cabinets alongside
American versions of Parma ham and San Daniele ham.
Other fakes consist of Californian-grown San Marzano
tomatoes and pirated Chianti made in Australia and the
In Europe, foods authenticity specifications are additional
Last 12 months noticed a threefold raise in European Union
customs seizures of bogus Italian products bearing good quality
Italy has the optimum quantity of EU seals of acceptance on
its meals and drink. (ANSA).
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