At the moment, rising pasta prices in Italy could lead to a massive strike across the country. This is reported by the newspaper I’ll Messaggero.
The Consumers Association demanded to conduct checks on this fact. People also announced a possible “pasta strike” due to the unreasonable increase in the cost of pasta. It is already known that the Italian Consumers Association has filed complaints with the Antimonopoly Office. A similar text also appeared in the Central Inspectorate for the Protection of Quality and the Prevention of Fraud in the Field of Agri-Food Products. The complaint describes a request to investigate “anomalous” changes in retail prices for pasta, and also to find out why in a number of retail chains the increase in pasta prices turned out to be twice as high as inflation. If pasta prices do not drop in the near future, then people will leave packs on the shelves en masse. This will start a “pasta strike” in the country, the Consumers Association threatened. At the same time, the Italian manufacturers did not agree with the complaint. Some of them said that the increase in pasta prices is justified. At the same time, they said that it is worth paying attention to supply chains and controlling prices until the goods are placed on the shelves. According to the Italian Food Union, the increase in pasta prices in the country was due to the fact that the products currently on the shelves were produced at a time when the cost of grain was still very high. In this regard, as noted, today’s prices include huge energy costs and high packaging costs. If manufacturers return low prices, then enterprises will gradually go bankrupt and close, the union said. Earlier in May, it became known that a special commission was convened in Italy against the backdrop of a rapid increase in pasta prices. il Fatto Quotidiano reported that pasta prices in the country have increased by 17.5 percent over the past year.