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Tuesday, 14 October 2003

MAMA MIA

The European edition of TIME Magazine reports on the work of DNV, the certification company hired by the Italian Ministry of Agriculture and the International Association of Italian Restaurants to audit Italian restaurants located outside Italy. The company investigates the training of the chef and the origins of the ingredients and the recipes used. Also, at least one staff member must speak Italian. The inspection system is to be rolled out to France, Germany, the UK, Scandinavia and the Netherlands after a successful pilot protect in Belgium and Luxembourg. Tasting however is not part of the inspection as it is considered too subjective.
The IPKat notes this regime with interest. A scheme of inspection of the method for food preparation according to a traditional formula that takes place abroad was approvingly considered by the Advocate General (but not the ECJ) in the Parma Ham case, to the displeasure of the Consorzio del Prosciutto di Parma. The Italian restaurant experience will show whether it can be made to work.

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