Italian food producers reportedly disagree on how to define
whether a food product is “made in Italy” in accordance with the
country’s attempt to distinguish food produced in Italy, such as
parmesan cheese or prosecco, from similar foods produced
outside of the country. The dispute centers on whether foods
manufactured in Italy using foreign ingredients may be labeled as
“Made in Italy.” According to Reuters, Parmesan and prosecco
producers argue against such foods receiving the rights to use the
label, while pasta­maker Barilla asserts that its foods are just as
Italian because the company is Italian despite manufacturing
about half of its pasta in plants outside of Italy. See Reuters, June
2, 2017.


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