The European Commission received a complaint from a section of the Italian dairy industry, alleging that they are being penalised by an Italian law which prohibits dairy companies based in Italy from using certain products, including condensed and powdered milk, in the manufacture of specific milk and dairy products.
In response, the Commission sent a letter of formal notice to the Italian authorities in May 2015 and an investigation is ongoing. The ongoing investigation is not related to quality products, but rather to rules governing the EU single market.
Protection of quality agricultural products and foodstuffs is a priority for the European Union and it is a way of protecting Europe's cultural heritage.
All Italian products protected under EU quality schemes (PGI, PDO, TSG), among them cheeses like mozzarella, gorgonzola, parmigiano reggiano or provolone, are not affected by the inquiry since the EU quality policy provides specific provisions for their making.