The tastes of Italians

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The tastes of Italians
Attentive to quality and origin: Italians at the table are like this.

Italians have always been very attentive to the food they eat and the latest survey also shows.
Italians have always been very attentive to the food they eat and the latest survey also shows.

We are convinced of eating quality food products, we are satisfied with our agricultural production, but we have doubts about the effectiveness of the control systems. These are the salient data of the survey "The opinions of Italians on nutrition", commissioned by Coldiretti, conducted by ISPO (Institute for Studies on Public Opinion) and presented on Friday 25 October in Cernobbio as part of the International Forum of agriculture and food. What are the characteristics of quality food? Above all the Italian origin, the controlled or protected denomination of origin and the biological origin. 78 per cent of the 4897 respondents declared that they consumed PDO and DOCG products, 70 per cent ate organic at least sometimes and 39 per cent focused on fair-trade products. A 27 percent of respondents also believe that they have consumed foods containing genetically modified organisms, although this cannot be certain, given the absence of indications on the labels.
Little confidence Italians also claim to have confidence in distribution, putting supermarkets and shops on the same level (53 percent), while some doubts exist in the local markets (only 47 percent trust). Critical points are considered the control systems, based on certification bodies, considered sufficient only by 18 percent and not sufficient by 37 percent. In particular, a manufacturer's guarantee mark is considered more important than the European or the State one. Finally the labels: for the Italians they should above all report the origin and origin of the products (77 per cent of the interviewees), so much so that at least 46 per cent declares themselves willing to pay more as long as this information is reported. In short, for most of our countrymen the ingredients of the brand are more important.

(News updated October 25, 2002)