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No More Smuggling. Many Cured Italian Meats Allowed
Fri May 17, 2013 9:39 amForum Host
Starting May 28, a four-decades-old ban on the import of many Italian salumi will be lifted.
The U.S. Department of Agriculture has announced that the Italian regions of Lombardy, Emilia-Romagna, Veneto and Piedmont, and the provinces of Trento and Bolzano, are free of swine vesicular disease. Imports of pork products from those areas, says the USDA, present a low risk of introducing the disease into the U.S. The disease was first detected in the 1960s and can survive cooking and even long curing.
Up to now, only a few Italian pork products were approved for import to the U.S.: prosciutto di Parma and prosciutto di San Daniele, as well as mortadella — which was also banned until 2000.
Starting soon, as long as they receive USDA approval, hundreds of artisanal products will arrive on American tables. It's not yet clear, however, what standards the producers will have to meet and what the costs will be. But even without a ban, Italian cured meat producers must pay hefty fees as part of the process of getting certified for importation.
Fri May 17, 2013 2:01 pmFood.com Groupie
I think the statute of limitations on prosecuting this crime has run out by now so I can tell you my story:
When I was in my 20’s my (then) boyfriend took me on a trip through Italy
We drove thru a couple little towns and stopped in Caserta and had lunch and wine at a ‘salumeria’
I fell so in love with their cured meats that I bought one of their smaller salami’s and a half of a prosciutto
Well, it dawned on me that night, that I MIGHT not really be allowed to bring either of my treasures home
So… I took out some of the clothes from my suit case (you know, old stuff, the beat up sandals, the walking shoes that had been all walked out on this trip, a pair of jeans) and I wrapped the salami and prosciutto up in some of my BF’s clean t-shirts and as best as I could, put the gallon zip lock bags around them (so that the food wasn’t contaminated by the laundry, of course, not vice versa… you can WASH Clothes!)
I checked the bag with the airline and when we arrived back in the United States I declared the two bottles of grappa, serving dishes and jewelry that we bought in Siciliy and when I saw dogs in the airport, I prayed that they weren’t hungry!
I managed to smuggle them both into the country without incident
(glad to see the ban being lifted, it would have been a shame if they turned me into a convict over a salami!)
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