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Sunday, July 06, 2008

Rotting cheese recycled in Italian food scam

Eleven thousand tonnes of rotting or out-of-date cheese from European dairies were mixed with fresh products and resold. The rotten cheese, containing mice droppings as well as residue from plastic wrapping and ink labels, was mixed with fresh cheese products and used to make cheeses such as mozzarella and gorgonzola.

On 1 Apr 2008, the Agri-Food & Veterinary Authority (AVA) of Singapore announced Italian Buffalo Mozzarella are found to be safe for consumption. AVA had earlier withheld the sale of all Italian Buffalo Mozzarella cheese in Singapore as a precautionary measure following reports that the levels of dioxin detected in the milk from some farms used for production of Italian Buffalo Mozzarella cheese are moderately higher than the limit allowed by EC regulations. Remember that was 1 Apr 2008. The press release for the clearance can be found here.

Now on July 2008, it seems there could have some problems with the Italian mozzarella if they were from the same source. Are Italian Buffalo Mozzarella now still safe?

Let's wait for AVA to respond.

Rotting cheese recycled in Italian food scam

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