Bill to support traditional Mediterranean diet

November 16 touted as day to fete UNESCO-approved fare

Bill to support traditional Mediterranean diet

(ANSA) – Roma, November 15 – Senators on Thursday presented a bill aiming to promote and give value to the traditional Mediterranean diet that is at the heart of much Italian cuisine. The proposed legislation includes making November 16 a national day dedicated to the nutritional recommendation based on a high consumption of olive oil, unrefined cereals, fresh fruit and vegetables and legumes, a moderate consumption of fish and dairy products and a low consumption of meat and meat products. November 16 is the day in 2010 on which the Paris-based United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO) inscribed the Mediterranean diet on its intangible cultural heritage list on the request of Italy, Greece, Spain and Morocco. The bill also provides for a special logo designating products typical of the acclaimed dietary regime and a special committee for its defence and promotion, chaired by the agriculture minister and including representatives of the ministries of health, culture, foreign affairs, education and the environment. The proposed legislation also aims to promote the Mediterranean diet in school canteens.

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