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Slovenia wants to fake balsamic vinegar

Desimoni: "A great offense to tradition and to the efforts made by producers of Modenese excellence"

According to the new Slovenian standard, which is being evaluated by the European Commission, any mixture of wine vinegar with concentrated must can be called, and sold, as "balsamic vinegar".

"The balsamic vinegar of Modena is again under attack and with it the system of Italian PDOs and PGIs. The Slovenian government has notified the European Commission a national technical standard on the production and marketing of vinegars which, in addition to placing itself in sharp contrast with community standards and with the principle of harmonization of European law, it seeks to transform the name 'aceto balsamico' into a product standard. Illegitimate operation and in contrast with the community regulations that protect PDO and PGI and govern the system of labeling and consumer information", is what consortia and protection institutions affirm regarding the measure. "According to the new Slovenian standard, under evaluation by the European Commission, any mixture of wine vinegar with concentrated must can be called, and sold, as 'balsamic vinegar'", says Federico Desimoni, director of the Modena balsamic vinegar consortium. "It is a great offense to tradition and to the efforts made by the producers of Modenese excellences who, together with the dissemination activity of the Consortia, have made it famous throughout the world".

The "deception" stratagem of the Community provisions was identified by the Consortium for the protection of balsamic vinegar of Modena and by the Consortium for the protection of traditional balsamic vinegar of Modena and by the institutional world. Great support came from the reference association of the protection consortia, OriGIn Italia, which immediately activated itself by asking the Government to formally oppose the Slovenian proposal at EU level. The notice of opposition must be notified to the Commission by 3 March next and the concern of the Consortia grows with each passing day. "We ask the government to formalize the act of opposition as soon as possible", says Enrico Corsini, president of the Consortium for the protection of traditional balsamic vinegar of Modena.

The voice of the consortia is accompanied by that of the policy in defense of the world of DOP and IGP and in particular of the balsamic vinegar of Modena: "The problem highlighted by the Consortium is serious and urgent and represents a priority for the protection of the country system and in particular of a fundamental asset of the national economic system", affirms the honorable Benedetta Fiorini, secretary of the Productive Activities Commission,"and for this reason we ask the Government to ensure a timely and timely formal intervention that guarantees effective protection. The preservation of typical Italian products, true excellences in the world such as balsamic vinegar of Modena, must be an absolute priority. Furthermore, it is necessary to concretely strengthen the action of all the structures of the supply chain to guarantee support, protection and promotion. Protecting quality means guaranteeing identity”.

The support and the request for decisive and timely action by the Government also comes from the Emilia-Romagna region: "The two DOPs of traditional balsamic vinegar, from Modena and Reggio Emilia, and the Igp balsamic vinegar of Modena represent a very solid link with the Emilia region and a precious resource for the regional economy", underlines the regional councilor for agriculture Alessio Mammi," the Consortium did well to immediately exercise its protective function and intervene accordingly. I have personally written to the minister to report the incident, hoping for an intervention by the Government. We must always defend our quality agri-food products and the devices that regulate them from potential attempts at imitation that disturb the market and question their uniqueness". The question has arrived on the table of the new minister of agricultural policies, Senator Stefano Patuanelli and in the last few hours, the quality management of Mipaaf is preparing the technical documentation necessary to complete the dossier which must be notified to the Commission.

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