The United States Department of Agriculture has announced that starting May 28th 2013, importers are free to import cured pork products from some regions of Italy. This is after a ban that lasted many years prompted by the fear that pork products from Italy could potentially contain swine vascular disease. The announcement was made after the Animal and Plant Health Inspection Unit completed an assessment in 4 main areas that produce cured pork products in Italy. Currently, the US imports an average of $90 million worth of some kinds of cold cut products from Italy and it is expected that once the ban is lifted, imports will increase by between $9 and $13 million.
What has changed and what cured meats you can import to USA.
The areas that were cleared were all in the northern part of Italy and they include Lombardia, Emilia-Romagna, Veneto and Piemonte, Trento and Bolzano. These areas have not been able to export some pork products to the United States since the ‘70’s and this will be a big boost in trade for them. Although many people in both countries are looking forward to the lifting of the ban, some remain skeptical. They have two main areas of concern. The first is that although the Inspection Services say that Italian cold cuts can now be imported into the US, they have not specified exactly what standards producers are required to meet. The second area of concern is whether these products will be able to meet US importation guidelines when it comes to listeria, salmonella and ecoli. So far, only a few big producers in Northern Italy are able to meet these standards. And certification isn’t cheap either – to meet the guidelines, producers need to pay $100,000.
Some people are also worried that the vigorous standards required for importation of pork products like Parma ham and salami may also interfere in the quality of the products. This may be true because to meet the standards, Italian producers may have to slightly alter the way they have always made these products.
No More Smuggling
Other reactions were regarding the balance of trade; so long as Italians are able to export cold cuts into the US, they should also agree to import beef products. As of today, the US cannot export beef and other meat products into Italy. And of course American Italians had their say too; now, they will be able to enjoy pork products just like those that Italians in Italy are making. Now, they say, they no longer have to smuggle in salami for personal consumption.
The Role of Emilia Delizia in importing cured meats into North America.
Our company built hundred of connections with local producers in the Parma/Modena/Bologna area. If you are interested in importing Parma Ham, Culatello, Salame di Felino and so on into the U.S. we are here to help. We can be your direct contact with the producers and also research to find the right product for your business. Please not hesitate to contact us for more information.
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I visited the Food Tours with my wife, we were looking forward to this some time ago and I can state that this tour bring to us very interesting time and experience in spite of the fact that we departed from Milano by morning train at 5,50 am. Our guide was young man and we enjoyed all morning together talking not only about the parmazan, balsamic and parma ham. I really appreciate it. He was very communicate, his driving was safety, very polite. Parmazan farm - amazing, balsamic farm -
My boyfriend and I thoroughly enjoyed the Foodies Tour, which included stops at producers of cheese, balsamic vinegar and cured meat. Paolo was an amazing tour guide – he's extremely knowledgeable, kind and a great communicator. We learned so much! It was really nice to be in a smaller group and most of the producers we visited were small so we were able to get a close up view of the processes. We'd highly recommend Emilia Delizia as this tour was truly authentic and a highlight of our trip!
thank you for the kind review
The tour of the Parmesan Reggiano cheese dairy, Balsamic Vinegar farm, the Parma ham and lunch at the organic vineyard was thoroughly enjoyed by our family of 4. Paolo was a gracious and knowledgeable host for the day and provided us with insights to the production of the cheese and balsamic vinegar which was enhanced due to his chemistry background. We would thoroughly recommend this tour to those interested in the specialities produced in the Modena region.
We had a wonderful tour, best part about visiting the Modena region!
The tour was perfect. I think Paolo would be a splendid ambassador for Italy in the EU. He knows how excellent Italian food and eating together can solve many major problems, and can stop aggressive behavior. Not the hunt for more money, but the well being of family and friends counts. Paolo shows us the products of ages of civilization and he did this like an artist. So after the tour we really love Italia more and we'll come back. We will call you Paolo, Thanks!
Following two tours with your guides this week I would like to express my thanks for some wonderful experiences.
Monday we did the tour of cheese making, balsamic and Salami which was very good and the guide Paolo was very knowledgeable.
The truffle hunt tour today was absolutely amazing, the guide Stefano is pure gold and the tour was built with much thought. Our best experience so far, by far.
Looking forward to more tours and fun next time we are in Italy.
The group (and me) was VERY satisfied. We really enjoyed the Parmegiano Regiano which was interesting and we got to buy some delicate and cheap cheese, the same with the balsamico. The Ferrari driving was off course an experience for life. The Winery lunch felt very genuine and the people there was really welcoming and nice people. The genuine feeling there was however the big plus for us.
Paolo was excellent as our guide. He also felt very genuine. He did not talk just for the sake of talking, but when he had something to say he did it in a respectful and nice way. Everyone in the group really liked him.
I wanted to let you know what a great day we had this past Friday on our tour with Jacamo. (Probably not spelling it right) He was very nice and explained everything to us. It sure gives you a new appreciation when you are slicing cheese. 🙂 Our tour ended with him taking us to the vineyard for a tour and lunch and there, Paolo, the owner could not have been more nicer. It was a perfect ending.
Please let Jacamo know what a great job he did and how much we really appreciated it and his knowledge
The website is well structured and we received a prompt answer to all questions. Gabriele supported us with all information we needed and the organization before the trip was excellent.
We had an air conditioned van, which was very relaxing through the whole tour. The first stop was the parmigiano production, which was very impressive and interesting. We could learn and especially see all the different steps and even taste the various aged parmigiano. The second step was the balsamic vinegar tasting. Finally the meat part was interesting in the museum but we hoped that we also could see more about the production and their work, but the tasting was delicious. In overall we had a very informative and well accommodated half day with our guide
It was great experience! We visited Parmesan cheese production, Balsamic vinegar farm, Ham museum and Farmer's lunch. Our guide gave us a detailed explanation, we were very satisfied. An excellent tour for a reasonable price, highly recommended.