The globally famous Parmigiano-Reggiano and Grana Padano cheeses are among the products most affected with their costs in the U.S. anticipated to rise from $40 a kilogram to $45 a kilogram from October 18.
President of the Parmigiano-Reggiano Cheese Consortium, Nicola Bertinelli, mentioned that Trump was acting out of “spite.”
He informed News: “We’re worried for the future because, based on our analysis, the U.S. is among the markets with essential for Parmigiano. At present, we’re exporting 10 thousand tonnes annually, and without these duties, we could double this by 2025.”
He mentioned that Trump was utilizing the Airbus-Boeing feud to conceal the actual cause for the tariffs, which is to permit the U.S. food industry’s forgery of the product that could flood the market.
As a European Protected Designation of Origin (PDO) product, there are strict guidelines for Parmigiano-Reggiano’s production. It needs to be made within an area of approximately 4,000 sq — miles in the provinces of Parma, Reggio Emilia, Modena, and Mantua.
Only raw milk produced in the area, influenced by the environmental factors like its grass, can be utilized in the cheese and within the EU, only cheeses bearing the PDO “Parmigiano Reggiano” could be known as “parmesan.”
However, based on The Local, more than 200,000 tonnes of the cheese was sold outside of the EU in 2018, 15 times greater than the authentic Italian produce with the PDO label.
Bertinelli mentioned there were “tangible values” in the authentic cheese that were “really essential for U.S. consumers,” similar to its lack of additives and preservatives.
“We should defend our products as an expression of the territory and culture of our country. We’ll make an effort to protect Italian producers from the import of generic parmesan made outside of our protected designation of origin,” he stated.