A batch of about 70,000 mozzarella balls which turned blue upon opening has been confiscated by food authorities in Italy.
The health ministry said it had activated the European “rapid alert” system to warn of possible contamination, and announced emergency control measures on the cheese.
The cheese – made in Germany for an Italian company – has been removed from shelves and samples sent for testing…
The tainted mozzarella was spotted by a shopper in Turin, who noticed it take on a bluish tint when it was exposed to the air…
Initial tests at an institute in Turin found the colouring to be caused by a bacteria, rather than toxic contamination, AFP reported.
Analysts suggested the colouring could also indicate the presence of copper, nickel or lead in the milk used to make the cheese, or the solution used to preserve it.
The cheese was made for an Italian company, which distributed it to discount supermarkets in the north of the country. Neither the German producer nor the Italian company involved have been named.
Just one more cheapskate company trying to “optimize profits” at the expense of consumers.
Preservatives in mozzarella? Crap. About all a boiled milk cheese [like mozzarella] needs is a dip in chlorinated water or some other O₃ source to prevent mold forming.
If you’re one of those wimps afraid of moldy cheese?