Italian pasta at risk, the alarm: what changes from 2022

The Italian pasta and a risk. To launch thealarm it was the Coldiretti, pointing his finger at the expiration, starting next December 31, 2021, of theobligation to label the origin of the wheat used for pasta and which underlines the “serious damage to those consumers who have stormed Italian certified penne and spaghetti, with an increase in sales of 29% last year”. According to Coldiretti, there is a risk, in essence, of saying “goodbye to 100% Italian pasta“.

Italian pasta at risk: Coldiretti’s alarm

The obligation to label the origin of wheat was introduced on February 14, 2018. As per the decree, the packages of dry pasta produced in Italy must necessarily indicate the name of the country in which the wheat is grown and that of milling. In the event that the wheat comes from or has been milled in different countries, the words “EU countries“, “Non-EU countries“, “EU and non-EU countries“. If at least 50% of durum wheat is grown in a single country, such as Italy, for example, it is possible to use the words “Italy and other EU and / or non-EU countries“.

According to Coldiretti, this measure has led to purchases of pasta with 100% Italian wheat to increase at a rate of almost 2 and a half times higher to the average level of dry pasta and at the same time pushed the main agri-food industries to promote production lines with the use of cereals entirely produced in our territory.

To buy “100% real Made in Italy pasta”, Coldiretti specified, you have to choose the packages that bear the words “Country of wheat cultivation: Italy” e “Country of milling: Italy“.

The expiry of the obligation of origin on the label, in addition to the high prices caused by the increases in international grain prices, risks causing, according to Coldiretti “a perfect storm“.

Furthermore, from Coldiretti’s analysis it emerged that “Italian wheat is paid at the moment about 20% less than imported ones, despite the greater guarantees of safety and quality, while our producers find themselves facing the exponential increase in production costs linked to the endless increase in the technical means useful for cultivation from diesel to fertilizers. The result is that sowing costs have literally doubled this year ”.

Italy, underlined Coldiretti, is the second largest producer in the world with a quantity of 3.85 million tons but it is also the main importer.

Italian pasta at risk: the words of the president of Coldiretti

The president of Coldiretti Ettore Prandini he declared: “The conditions exist to respond to the demand for Italianness of consumers and invest in national agriculture, which is able to offer quality products by creating virtuous supply chain relationships with agreements that enhance the supremacy of Made in Italy. Experience has shown the importance of guaranteeing the transparency of information ”.

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