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Italy earthquake hits parmesan production | World news | The Guardian

The magnitude 6 earthquake that hit northern Italy at the weekend, killing seven people and toppling historic churches, castles and clock towers, has also taken a huge toll on the country's culinary culture.

Parmesan cheese producers near the quake's epicentre in flat farmland north of Bologna said 300,000 massive wheels of the cheese that were ageing on tall shelves in warehouses crashed to the ground.

"All the shelving toppled over like huge dominoes and only 20 to 30% of my wheels survived unscathed," said Ivano Chezzi, the manager of one facility where 90,000 wheels were aging.

Any idiot can face a crisis - it's day to day living that wears you out.
by ceebs (ceebs (at) eurotrib (dot) com) on Tue May 22nd, 2012 at 03:10:42 PM EST
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