Kamikaze Meat

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Anyone who saw the TV programme Report by Milena Gabanelli last Sunday evening dealingwith Cremonini, with the announcement of the death of a 12 year old boy in Moscow because of food poisoning and formal remonstration of the Government of Cuba for tinned meat in a bad condition imported from Italy and rejected to be sent back to its destination but instead diverted to Africa, will have thought that Italy has arrived at the terminus.

Even more so because the tins exploded in Cuba, why send them to Africa and not directly to Iraq as weapons of mass destruction?

I believe that the facts described in the programme make us feel bad, they make us think of being elsewhere, in a clean country or at least slightly clean.

Read the text of the transmission and watch the video.

Then listen to the words of our employee Giovanardi Carlo, minister of the House of provisional liberty. He’s thinking of us, of our health and of that of Cremonini.

“I was amazed at the way that the Report programme tried to destroy the image of a great Italian company like Inalca of Modena, stated the Minister for the Relationships with Parliament Carlo Giovanardi – from the resurrection of the fear that consumers have for the mad cow to the supplies from abroad, from the collapse of other companies to the malicious connection of single episodes, everything has been lumped together to criminalize the companies in the group. The economic and moral damage for the company and for our country risk being incalculable: we’ll have to see who benefits from these programmes, who suggested them and who thinks they will profit financially on the national and international market, by weakening a dangerous competitor that could support world competition.”

Is it perhaps being backed by the racket of the vegetarians?

Milena Gabanelli, presenter of Report, answered: "how can the Honourable Giovanardi make out that what has been stated does not correspond to the truth?”

”The enquiry was well documented and the company in question was invited on many occasions to offer a contradicting account, exactly so as to avoid every shadow regarding the transparency of the operations. These invitations were always rejected by the Cremonini Group through their legal representative, and by letters that were read out during the programme. Perhaps the Institutions of the country do not consider serious journalism to be a resource, but simply a threat.”

I invite Cremonini, which refused to participate in the Report programme, to write something really convincing to this Blog to reassure the citizens that there are now no remaining problems about consuming their products, and to highlight the inexactitudes if they exist, in the documents used as proof byMilena Gabanelli.

Ah, I was forgetting, also send a carbon copy to the employee Giovanardi.

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What we're seeing with regardas to ITX contamination of formula (enfant's milk) and now general food when packaged with Tetrapack is just HORRIBLE!

I wonder what our employee Storace (heath minister is doing other than telling us to eath the (poor) chicken!

I hear fingerpointing between minister, EU, Regions etc etc BUT the net is NOBODY is allerting consumer that 1200 (!!) grocery brands are at risk of the very same contamination.

I'm already sad and mad because of what the State is not doing and should be doing according to the Italian Constitutions (= protect my right to health) BUT AT LEAST, DEAR MINISTER STORACE, PLEASE MAKE ME INFORMED AND AWARE of the real situation so that I can decide myself if/what/how long anymore I'll be eating of these food.

Posted by: Claudio Cinquepalmi | November 25, 2005 11:38 PM


For foreigners:
arms of mass destruction = weapons of mass destruction

Posted by: Marco Ferri | November 20, 2005 07:13 PM


The only thing we can do is boycotting cremonini's products by boycotting companies in the cromonini's group. Because we are like genes that can only affect the evolution by the proteins production, we can only affect the world by choosing products in the market. Let's hit their business in the heart! My The idea is that our influence on political decisions is so slow and imprecise and so it is pratically impossible and negligible. People should get togheter and build up associations in order to organising big few strong protest actions.

Posted by: christian franchomme | November 16, 2005 09:03 PM


I agree with Enrico. If the will of the Italian people is to keep things as they are, no matter who will be in charge: nothing will change! Sadly, it seems to me that a large section of the population has no intention to improve the current situation in the country.
Where there's a will there's a way, and here there's neither.

Posted by: Rosie Trenta | November 16, 2005 08:31 PM


Jan, you are totally right, things won't change much in Italy wheter or not Berlusconi stays the prime minister.

Italian governments are the exact rapresentation of Italian people.
There is probably no other way to explain this.

Posted by: Enrico Giusti | November 16, 2005 06:31 PM


"It is just another fact showing that the poor will always be poor...if not dead.
No illusions please: there's no way out for such situation."

This is exactly what the Bushes and Berlusconis of the world would like us to think and to feel --that the poor will always be poor and that there's nothing that can be done. They want us to accept the status quo in which capital rules the world and the rich and powerful are never challenged.

Because of the incredibly powerful pro-business propaganda in America, too many Americans accept this situation. But what is the problem in Italy???? What happened to the Italian Left? My nonno left Italy to escape fascismo. But he always said that in Italy at least the workers and others were organized and had a large and powerful unions as well as the Pci. Today the Left in Italy seems totally ineffectual, too busy fighting among themselves or kissing the Vatican's ass. (Why doesn't the Left defend the stato laico? How the hell does a gay communist like Nichi Vendola call himself a "credente?" E' matto, lui???)It seems everyday there is a new outrage committed by the criminal Berlusconi regime and its allies in the worlds of business and finance, as well as a more aggressive Vatican that is now acting more and more like a Catholic Taliban.

Does anyone think any of this will really change if "Il Professore" becomes the PM next year?

Posted by: George De Stefano | November 16, 2005 05:03 PM


It is just another fact showing that the poor will always be poor...if not dead.
No illusions please: there's no way out for such situation... It is sad do state that but I guess we'll be facing more and more rebellions by poor people (i.e. France)...Another french revolution in global scale? So far it may seem quite distant...but I wouldn't be so sure...

Posted by: Enrico Melodia | November 16, 2005 04:00 PM


Weapons of mass destruction in Iraq? God forbid! hehe

Posted by: Federico Mattei | November 16, 2005 03:34 PM


Hi there,

From time to time I read this blog and some of the comments with great interest. Occasionally, I watch italian TV-programmes as well via the web or cable (only RAI 1 is on cable here in Holland) and I still wonder when something will actually start to happen in Italy.
I see that the TV-news is mainly "cronaca" and in a way 'Report' apparantly has a similar function (although THEY do have professional journalists) as well. It's things that make you angry or ashamed, but nothing seems to change. In other countries politicians would resign or businesses go bancrupt. What is it? It can't be all the fault of just one guy (Berlusconi) or do you think everything will change once he's gone?
I’m in Italy quite often, but I still don’t get it. The scandals you see on the TV sometimes just seem to be larger examples of what happens anywhere regardless of what political party happens to be governing.

Anyway, many thanks to this blog as things become more visible (such as the culture supporting the social situation in Italy in the comments on ‘The War on the Poor’). Something like this would be very good in other countries as well. You’re not alone.

Best regards,
Jan Hendrik

Posted by: Jan Hendrik Günther | November 16, 2005 12:56 PM


If we have to sell rotten meat to help poor country is better to give them the money, so they can buy something good and eatable. I understand that Cremonini has stolen money from the European Community by sending the meat to Africa. That money could have been sent to Cuba as a Gift.
Businesses have to be socially responsible too. It is not just about making money; it is about the wellbeing of thousand of people.
Now, it is possible to buy Cuban Debts, hoping this can turn into an investment after the fall of Comunism.

I was born in Modena and I feel sorry for what Cremonini is doing, deceiving and taking advantage of poor countries.
Modena is a great town, it should not been associated to Cremonini mess.

Regards,

Ivan

Posted by: Ivan Bettelli | November 16, 2005 12:44 PM


I subscribe the invitation.
Also, I would like to point out that, when a program accuses someone of something, and offers the space for a reply, it is a) rather stupid and b) terrible pr to refuse. Guess it's easier to hide behind a minister.

Posted by: Stefania Oggioni | November 16, 2005 12:06 PM


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