Italy sets labeling rules

by Stormy Wylie
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ROME — Italy is insisting that foreign companies that manufacture foods for the Italian market use similar ingredients and processes to qualify to use Italian trade names.

"A denomination cannot be used when the product's composition or manufacturing process is substantially different from the product known in the national market," it was stated in the govern-ment's Decree 68 published in the Official Gazzette.

This was enacted to prevent foreign companies active in Italy from labeling their products as "pasta" unless the product is actually made from durum wheat, as Italian law requires, and to raise the standards of the food industry.