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In Italy, there is a law regulation from 1974 that prohibited making cheese with the use of substitutes. EU Commission sent an injunction for “stopping this ban on possession anduse of a milk powder, condensed milk and reconstituted milk in the manufacture of dairy products”.

Some organizations criticize Brussels for giving the green light on lower quality standards on food products: chocolate without cocoa, wine without grapes and weaken meat. Maurizio Martina (Italian ministry of Agriculture) made an informal reject on the EU suggestion.

The Italian law regulation from April 1974 is strict, but the ratio is to safeguard consumers' expectations about the authenticity of Italian products.

According to Italian, the EU has a different approach. The Commission thinks that the law is a restriction of free movement of goods, as a milk powder and condensed milk used widely throughout Europe.

This decision has three simple consequences according to Italians: to get lower medium quality of Italian cheese and yoghurt; to damage the reputation of “Made in Italy”mark; and finally to get lower the import of the milk powder and the condensed milk, causing a decrease to the income of livestock.


The gLAWcal Team

POREEN project

Tuesday, 30 June 2015

(Source: La Stampa)


This news has been realized by gLAWcal—Global Law Initiatives for Sustainable Development in collaboration with University Institute of European Studies (IUSE) in Turin (Italy) which is beneficiary of the European Union Research Executive Agency IRSES Project “Partnering Opportunities between Europe and China in the Renewable Energies and Environmental iNdustries” - POREEN, Work-package 4.