Italy looks set to change its laws on gelato
By the way, gelato is just Italian for 'ice-cream' and contrary
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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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 (£8,600).
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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".