The problem of bureaucracy is not secondary and it’s felt by small-scale producers across the continent. In particular, the laws on hygiene, which are certainly necessary but sometimes disproportionately strict, and often too complicated, with regards to the size of the artisanal enterprises they are applied to.
The European Union has demanded that by September 29, Italy must repeal its law banning the use of powdered milk in cheesemaking. Slow Food has responded to this meddling—the only way to define the EU’s position—by launching a petition, which in a short span of time has already collected 150,000 signatures.
Dessislava Dimitrova, Coordinator of Slow Food in Bulgaria and Slow Food International Councillor for the Balkans, will attend a round table organized by DG SANTE called “Hygiene and Flexibility for Small Food Producers. Fit for Purpose?” taking place at 13 pm on Friday, June 12 in the EU Pavilion at Expo.