661-Lb. Giant Italian Sausage Makes Its Way to the United States

( Veroni )

Veroni, an Italian salumi producer famous for its giant mortadellas, has introduced what it describes as the largest 100% mortadella made in Italy and shipped to the U.S.

The Veroni Salumi mortadella ¬is 6 feet, 4 inches long, 18 inches in diameter and weighs 661 pounds, the company announced in a news release. After successfully passing the USDA’s meat inspection division controls, the mortadella was exhibited and tasted at the International Dairy Deli Bakery Association (IDDBA) show in Orlando, Fla., last week.

Veroni, historical brand founded in Emilia-Romagna in 1925 and present in the U.S. since 2016, has specialized over the years in the production of giant mortadellas, large Italian sausages made of finely hashed or ground heat-cured pork, incorporating at least 15% small cubes of pork fat. It is often flavored with spices, including whole or ground black pepper, myrtle berries and pistachios.

Veroni specializes in producing giant mortadellas that have been featured many times in the Guinness Book of World Records. It currently holds the world record for the largest mortadella ever produced, a sausage that weighed nearly 6,000 lbs. and had a diameter of 29 inches.

“‘The bigger it is, the better it is’ is not just a motto, but a fact,” said Emanuela Bigi, marketing manager at Veroni Salumi. “Mortadellas with the largest diameter require a longer cooking process that helps to enhance their flavors.”

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