On the occasion of the presentation of the “Atlante Qualivita Food, Wine & Spirits 2020”, Minister Bellanova defends the Balsamic Vinegar from Modena. She said: “Maximum commitment for PDO and PGI: we work to avoid any kind of break between the productive and institutional system”.
The “Atlante Qualivita Food, Wine & Spirits 2020” has 860 product sheets, divided into three sections: agri-food products (299 sheets), wine products (526 sheets) and spirit drinks (35 cards). The different sheets are full of information on the processing method, history, regulations, nutritional and organoleptic characteristics of the products themselves.
Senator Teresa Bellanova, the Minister of Agricultural, Food and Forestry Policies, affirmed that is important to defend our products and also to let their quality known. The producers of Balsamic invest a lot of money to create excellent products and we have to promote them consequently with the help of the other members of the government who have competence in this area.
Minister Bellanova defends the Balsamic also on the recent European Court judgment about this special product (read the article). She underlined that they are working on limiting problems between the productive and institutional system.
Mariangela Grosoli is the President of the Consortium for the Protection of Balsamic Vinegar of Modena PGI. After the speech of the Senator Bellanova, wanted to thank the Minister for her words and for her ideas about protecting the Balsamic. Ms Grosoli also suggested that also the regional and local institutions have to follow them in this important project. She said that all together should protect the product, the Denomination and the thousands of jobs.
Today the value of the sector is estimated at over one billion euros.
Federico Desimoni is the director of the Consortium. He also participated in the presentation of the “Atlante Qualivita Food, Wine & Spirits 2020”. Desimoni affirmed that this situation highlights two different strategic visions in Europe. The first vision, the Italian one, focuses on the concept of quality strictly connected to products with a strong cultural, historical, traditional and territorial identity. The second vision, from the Member States, wants total deregulation in favour of productions without identity. The protagonists of this comparison are the Italian protection Consortia and the Ministry of Agricultural, Food and Forestry Policies which, with the great operational support of the Inspectorate for Fraud Repression and Quality Control, seek to defend the values and vision of the Italian system. The goal is to protect the quality Made in Italy.
Desimoni affirmed that the Italian system must support Consortia and promote their activities in defence of the national heritage and transparent market.
Also attended the “Atlante Qualivita Food, Wine & Spirits 2020” Paolo De Castro S&D ComAgri Coordinator of the European Parliament, Cesare Mazzetti President of the Qualivita Foundation, Riccardo Ricci Curbastro President of Federdoc, Cesare Baldrighi President of OriGIn Italy, Massimo Bray General Director of the “Istituto Della Enciclopedia Italiana” and Mauro Rosati Director of the Qualivita Foundation.
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