Aranciata with more orange and oil extra virgin really “extra”. Are some of the effects of Community law approved on October 22 in the House. Article 18, for example, provides that all public exercises should be used for the extra virgin olive oil, containers with cap anti topping . This is to avoid the “extension” or fillers with inferior oils and to ensure that customers can be assured that they dress the salad with the product described on the labels. For restaurant owners who do not comply is expected a fine of one thousand to 8 thousand euro and confiscation of the product. “The vote comes at a particularly difficult time for the production of oils and ensures producers and consumers,” said Colomba Mongiello, Vice President of the Commission anti counterfeiting.
There are however above all the representatives of the farmers to celebrate for another of the articles contained in the measure, one on increased 12-20% of amount of juice in soft drinks made from orange. Decision but discontented Italian producers of beverages. “It ‘was defeated the lobby of orange without oranges which claimed to continue selling water like juice,” said the president of Coldiretti Roberto Moncalvo noting that thanks to the new rule “an estimated 200 million pounds of oranges a year more will be ‘drunk’ from the 23 million Italians who consume soft drinks.” According to the confederation increasing fruit content in soft drinks could save over 10 thousand hectares of citrus but it is also a first step to improve nutrition and, as a side effect, reduce health care costs related to obesity.
On the other side Assobibe the association of Confindustria that represents the producers of soft drinks: the president Aurelio Ceresoli points out that the new constraint applies only to the production in Italy “and not even the imported products”, resulting in “penalty for all companies that produce, invest and create jobs in Italy. A case of self-harm instead of protecting national industries and their workers. ” Ceresoli attacks, “the State which imposes an arbitrary recipe and prohibit the production in Italy of orange appreciated for decades without any scientific evidence or reasons of health protection.” In addition to the association “it is not true, nor demonstrated that the increase to 20% will automatically result in a greater use of only juice supplies Italian. In fact the more it weakens the market share of soft drinks made in Italy in favor of those produced abroad, the smaller the Italian juice supplies “. also contrary to Federalimentare who speaks of “constraints to those who produce and invests in Italian final approval in Parliament” proving “unrealistic inspirations and insensitivity to the needs of industry.” In tune with Ceresoli, the president Philip Ferrua defines “harmful introduced only limited restrictions and prohibitions for those who produce in Italy. So you favor foreigners, it penalizes Italian competitiveness is put at risk thousands of jobs between direct and induced. ” “The standard approved – says Ferrua – demonstrates the shortsightedness of a legislator who, in the name of abstract principles and questionable, disregards the priority duty to look pragmatically at the life of companies.”