(JustPatriots.com)- According to a report, Italy has issued a number of ordinances in an effort to severely restrict the usage of insects and other crawling things in Italian cuisine.
Eating insects is not considered to be authentic Italian cuisine in Italy, and the country wants to make that point very apparent.
This comes not long after the European Union allowed the use of food manufactured from several bugs, including crickets, locusts, and mealworm larvae, among others.
In order to prevent people from unintentionally consuming insects, the new regulations stipulate that any food product that contains bugs must be clearly marked in big letters and kept on shelves that are apart from the other food products. Warning labels indicating the potential health hazards of ingesting insects will be affixed to the packaging of the insect meal.
In addition, typical Italian foods like pizza and pasta that use flour manufactured from insects will not be allowed to be sold in Italy.
A report reveals that Premier Meloni’s battle to safeguard Italian goods would also make it illegal to produce or sell food that has been lab-grown.
Meloni and farmers were ecstatic with the measures her Cabinet passed on Tuesday night, which allow for the seizure of “manufactured food” and penalties of up to 60,000 euros. If passed by the Italian parliament, the sanctions would apply to human food and animal feed.
Francesco Lollobrigida, the minister of agriculture, forests, and food sovereignty, fought for the bill’s passage. The new name for his ministry underscores the emphasis on domestic production by Meloni’s administration.
According to a government statement, the ban on lab-grown food is meant to safeguard both human health and Italy’s farming tradition.
Members of Italy’s influential agricultural lobby, Coldiretti, who are a key voting bloc in the country’s northern regions, applauded the Italian leader.
The group claimed that half-million Italians signed petitions in favor of the planned reforms.
The Italian economy relies heavily on agriculture. Coldiretti reported last month that the total value of Italian food exports, which included wine exports, exceeded 60 billion euros.