The Italian government has introduced an emergency law to stem the environmental damage caused by mafia-run illegal rubbish dumps.
Tests are being carried out on the toxicity of the land in the southern Campania region.
Agricultural products from the area are to undergo rigorous checks before being sanctioned for sale.
Beatrice Lorenzi is the Italian Health Minister: “The ban starts now, it is a immediate measure. The only way to put agricultural goods on the market is by carrying out checks. This shows our desire to get to the bottom of this and try to reassure the population that is living under great anxiety.”
Mafia disposal of toxic waste, including burning, has led to serious health issues and the area between Naples and Caserta being renamed “The Land of Fires”.