Italy quake destroys €250m cheese

2012-05-20 19:15

Rome - Sunday's quake in northeastern Italy destroyed more than 300 000 wheels of Parmesan and Grana Padano, a similar cheese, with an estimated value of more than €250m, an industry official said.

"The earthquake was very strong and heavily damaged the structures of many warehouses as well as thousands of tons" of the two cheeses, said Stefano Berni, head of a consortium that protects the Grana Padano designation.

"It's a very heavy loss, but there have been no casualties, which is a great relief at this worrying time," he told the ANSA news agency.

An initial estimate of €250m is "very conservative," Berni said, adding that he hoped no further tremors would "further aggravate the state of the already highly damaged and fragile structures".

A wheel of the cheese can weigh up to 40kg.

  • Sechaba30 - 2012-05-20 19:25

    Who cares about cheese

      Marco - 2012-05-20 19:49

      foreskin joke anyone?

      Michael Green - 2012-05-20 20:12

      It's about livelihood, supporting families ! South Africans can be so simple minded, you are an embarrassment to your country! Try a little empathy every now and then!

      Andrew - 2012-05-20 21:12

      I love the stuff, but....hard cheese

  • Phillip - 2012-05-20 19:56

    foooook....there goes the pizza prices

  • Lynda - 2012-05-20 20:00

    damn I care more about cheese than people

  • Jason - 2012-05-20 20:04

    Noooooooooooooo dear god not the cheeese. we should send in sniffer dogs, rescue teams and hold a national day of mourning.

      valcooperRSA - 2012-05-20 20:29

      sniffer dogs wont get past the smell of cheese....they did say no casualties were rported

  • Lauden Kirk - 2012-05-20 20:26

    My pizza I make at the biscuit mill on saturday mornings has grano padano. What should I do?

  • paul.myers.984 - 2012-05-20 21:53

    Say \Cheese!\

  • bothabibi - 2012-05-21 00:19

    And 6 people actually died??

  • jackmoz - 2012-05-21 08:07

    Tragic. The pasta industry may never recover.....

  • Enaud - 2012-05-21 13:11

    cheeses!!!!!! what next the sausage factory

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