And finally… chips and cheese

Italian have developed a microchip as small as a grain of rice to be used in their battle against cheese counterfeiters.

The Parmigiano Reggiano Consortium (PRC) said microtransponders installed in over 120,000 parmesan rinds to date are among “new methods” being deployed to help customers ensure they are buying .

The devices are technically edible, but are unlikely to be eaten given they are placed in the rind, reports.

According to the PRC, the annual market for counterfeit cheese is worth around $2 billion (or £1.6 billion), compared to $3.1bn (or £2.5bn) for the real thing, making the fight against counterfeiting a high priority.

, for the PRC, said: “We keep fighting… we won’t give up.”


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