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Italy looks set to change its laws on gelato

By the way, gelato is just Italian for 'ice-cream' and contrary

4w ago

Just about any food-related conversation in Italy is guaranteed to spark controversy because Italians – and Italy as a country – tend to be extremely particular about it.

Many of the products you probably know and love are protected by some form of law and/or label of origin and Italian lawmakers are currently considering a new bill to protect artisanal gelato.

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Photo by Nas Mato on Unsplash

Should the bill pass into law, gelato sellers would no longer be allowed to use artificial ingredients and to inject it with air to make it fluffier. In essence, gelato producers could only use milk and dairy products, eggs and fruits. Should they choose to continue using artificial ingredients such as colourants, they would have to remove the 'artisanal' word from the label or face a fine of up to €10,000 (Β£8,600).

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Photo by Vanessa on Unsplash

Industrial-made gelato can contain up to 80% of compressed air to make it look fluffier, and the new law would limit the amount of air to 30%. One of the senators who drafted the bill said, "[The existing laws do not protect] artisanal gelato culture or its producers. Italian gelato, like pizza and pasta, is one of the gastronomic symbols of our country, it is a high-quality product, an identity card of Italy in the world".

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Comments (5)

  • Mate, the Gelato has eggs, unlike most other ice creams. That's why the Gelato is actually good and manages to keep fairly consistent texture when you pour coffee on it to make Affogato. It's not the same with any other ice cream. 😒

      1 month ago
  • Voting yes just to limit the amount of air so I can get more gelato πŸ₯ΊπŸ₯ΊπŸ₯Ί

      1 month ago
  • If one just buys the higher quality (less air) Gelatos, it will force the ones with high air content to make modifications.

      1 month ago
  • Name has to be protected too. It's getting ridiculous now when one can see vegan "gelato". How can it be vegan, if lato is milk in Italian!

      30 days ago