The EU’s request to use powdered milk when producing mozzarella is an outrage according to Buffalo Mozzarella producers in Italy.
Mozzarella is one of Italy’s top exports and is considered a very important symbol of Italy’s passion for natural produce.
The EU Letter, sent to the Italian Ministry of Agriculture, had asked for “an end to the ban on possession and use of milk powder, condensed milk and reconstituted milk” in the manufacture of dairy products. The EU justified the request as “a restriction on the free movement of goods.”
Coldiretti, representing most of Italy’sagricultural producers, said the EU was forcing the country to lower its standards on food.
It was not the first time the EU had set out a request for artificial ingredients on cultural delicacies. The EU had once allowed winemakers to increase their alcohol content using sugar.
Italian mozzarella producers are protected by a 1974 law that protects the quality of Italian produce, which includes the ban on powdered milk entry in the country.
Coldiretti believes that Italy’s reputation as a food producer would be damaged if they had allowed the entry of powdered milk in the country in replacement for their dairy products