Italian Salumi in the USA!

Italian salumi are finally coming to the United States!

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Americans who have lived in Italy will be salivating, since the USDA is finally lifting its ban on cured meats from some regions of Italy.

“Starting May 28, a four-decades-old ban on the import of many Italian salumi,” according to a NPR article online. The NPR reporter comments: “No more stuffing your suitcases with delicacies bought in Italy, hoping the sniffer dogs at JFK or other American airports won’t detect the banned-in-the-USA foodstuffs inside your luggage,” like Sophia Loren in the film Lady Liberty (1971).

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“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,” reports NPR. “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.”

NPR reports on this story.

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