Italy In Crisis Over Pasta Prices

Prices of pasta are up a whopping 17.5 percent in Italy compared with a year prior, leading Italy’s business enterprise minister, Adolfo Urso, to convene a crisis group to discuss the rise.

Throughout Italy, boxes of pasta run about $2, which is not a very significant dollar amount. But the consumer-rights group Assoutenti, which released a survey on regional pasta prices last month, noted that costs have risen an average of 25 percent from last year.

Some cities have seen pasta prices go up almost 50 percent. In just a dozen provinces could you find a kilogram of pasta for less than $2.20, according to group’s survey.

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