In response to a press release issued Saturday by the Consorzio del Vino Brunello di Montalcino (Brunello producers association), the Italian Minister of Agriculture, Food, and Forestry Policies Luca Zaia issued the following press release Sunday:
1. Information circulated by the press does not reflect the will of the minister nor does it represent current work by the offices of the Ministry of Agriculture, Food, and Forestry Policies.
2. In particular, the Ministry categorically denies that it has been involved in or that there is any agreement on the project announced by the Consortium to newspapers.
3. Through his own project, the minister is personally engaged in developing one of the most delicate case files in the Italian food industry, intended to restore Brunello’s international credibility and to allow one of our products of excellence to return to strategic markets like America.
During the meetings of the FAO, the minister, through our Ministry of Foreign affairs, will be meeting with the American Agriculture Secretary Dan [sic] Schafer with the goal of avoiding the planned embargo.
[Editor’s note: the U.S. Agriculture Secretary is Ed Schafer; the FAO (United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization) summit opened today in Rome.]