Let’s get one thing clear: the Covid-19 virus cannot be transmitted through food products, nor through the packaging containing said products. This needs to be clearly stated once and for all considering the recent disinformation that has been spread thanks to the current state of collective psychosis.
In the uttermost silence of the European Committee, Italian food products are currently suffering a speculative boycotting. This situation, in the words of the Italian government’s Minister of Agricultural Policies, Teresa Bellanova, “risks leading to a block in Italy’s food and agriculture exports”.
In an open letter, Minister Bellanova denounces “the position taken on by some international largescale retail chains who are demanding guarantees of safety of food products coming from Italy.
These chains are asking for further certifications for Italian products meaning that, from the first emergence of the Covid-19 virus, many Made in Italy food products are blocked, while at the same time we are witnessing speculation on the prices of food products and raw materials”. These measures have been branded by Bellanova herself as “a form of disloyal conduct that should be condemned and immediately brought to a stop, as there is absolutely no risk of transmission of the virus through foods and packaging”.
Another harsh position by Luigi Scordamaglia, Chief Operating Officer of Filiera Italia established in 2018 to valorise Italy’s food excellences, who stated “the European Committee’s silence on the coronavirus matter is completely unacceptable”, continuing “having allowed member states to place unjustified limits against people coming from Italian regions, they are no doing nothing to reprimand the same EU states regarding the respect of free circulation of products”. He ends with a request. “May the Committee intervene immediately, prohibiting EU countries from making unlawful demands for certification that are completely devoid of any scientific justification concerning the products exported”.
We run the serious risk that this unjust behaviour on behalf of some EU countries regarding Italian food products, may negatively influence strategic future decisions of those non-EU markets that have always favoured the Made in Italy brand. On the whole, there is a risk of causing serious damage to the image, not to mention the economy, of the Italian food industry; an industry that has always proved attentive to the quality, sustainability and safety of its customers.