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An open letter to Mark DeNittis: Why is Il Mondo Vecchio closing?

Earlier this month, I broke the news that Il Mondo Vecchio, Mark DeNittis's artisan sausage plant, would cease production at the end of November. And within minutes of the announcement, you could hear the collective sighs of despair all over the state -- and beyond. When I interviewed DeNittis, he conveyed that while he continues to maintain a solid relationship with the USDA -- the executive department of the U.S. federal government that oversees farming, agriculture and food -- it was, in fact, the USDA that forced him to halt production of his dry-cured sausages.

See also: - Exclusive: Il Mondo Vecchio will close at the end of the month, ceasing its salumi and sausage production