First kosher Parmigiano Reggiano presented at Expo

About 5,000 wheels to be produced annually

(ANSA) - Milan, October 27 - The first wheel of Parmigiano Reggiano cheese certified as "kosher" or in line with Jewish dietary law, has been presented at Milan's Expo world fair.
    The cheese, presented in Israel's pavilion at the fair, is produced in strict accordance with the rules governing Jewish food and diet.
    The project to make a "kosher" parmesan started a year ago in the Bertinelli farming company in Parma. The wheel opened at Expo was one of the first to reach the right level of maturation.
    It has been certified by the "OK Kosher Certification" agency, based in New York.
    The company is planning to produce about 5,000 wheels of the kosher parmesan annually.
    "We are on the verge of a new and important reality for Parmigiano Reggiano," said the President of the cheese's consortium Giuseppe Alai.
    "New sales and consumption areas are opening, among observant Jews but also among millions of people who choose kosher food due to its recognised high value in terms of healthiness," he said.
    Kosher food makes up almost 30 percent of all food sold in U.S. supermarkets.


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