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Italian Minister: Food that doesn't follow our standards will not enter country

Christian Fernsby ▼ | July 3, 2019
After having put the duty on rice coming from Cambodia and Burma, Europe has decided to open the market to Vietnam, said Italian Minister Gian Marco Centinaio.
Gian Marco Centinaio
Asia   Italian Minister Gian Marco Centinaio
"It is really strange then that with every agreement with third countries there are products that are penalized including above all Rice: As Minister of Agriculture, I consider this agreement contradictory and once again demonstrates how this Europe, as it has been managed so far, does not like us.

"We have listened to the whole rice sector and the other sectors involved and all have proved against the concession of the importation and precisely for this reason as Italy we abstained.

"It is not clear why the door is closed and the window must be opened".

This is what is declared by the Minister of Agricultural, Food, Forestry and Tourism Policies, Gian Marco Centinaio on the free trade agreement signed by the European Union in Hanoi.

"We know that the competitive tariff quota envisaged at zero duty from Vietnam may seem modest (around 80,000 tons of rice), but this quota will be added to other concessions granted by the EU under free trade agreements and preferential tariff regimes, which amplify the negative effects generated by a strongly reduced production in recent years, under the weight of the import of rice from Cambodia.

"All the products that enter Italy must meet the same criteria: the quality that also concerns the environment, health and work.

"Foods that will not give us these guarantees will remain outside our national borders."