LOS ANGELES (LALATE) – Could the Italy earthquake in Bologna prompt a run on Parmesan cheese prices? While the Italy earthquake resulted in more than a half dozen deaths, dozens of people injured, and destruction of key historic landmarks, Parmigiano and Grana cheese manufacturers are warning news of their own damage; their huge rounds of cheese fell down during the earthquake as well.
The death toll could rise from this week’s Italy earthquake. But amidst all the news stories coming out of Italy, Parmesan cheese operators are also advising news that they were damaged as well, financially. Parmigiano and Grana cheese operators are reporting that they might have lost sixty-five million dollars during the Italy earthquake trouble.
While architects are trying to inspect the condition of collapsed national landmarks, cheese operators tell news that they are inspecting a possible two hundred thousand huge round cheese that allegedly suffered damage, falling down during the quakes. Officials would not tell news how the cheese was damaged, or if the cheese was ultimately slated to become grated parmesan for retail buyers.
In fact, there is even disagreement among how many cheese rounds have been damaged. One lobby group reported to news that nearly four hundred thousand rounds might have been damaged. Reps tell news that after the quake erupted, the sound was loud, not of the earthquake, but of the parmesan wheels falling down.
Officials are advising the public they aren’t sure what to do with all the rounds of cheese that have fallen down and crumbled. For now, they are trying to grate the parmesan situation, one round at a time. For more on the quake, the death toll and structures damaged, click HERE.