PROBE LAUNCHED INTO MOZZARELLA CONTAMINATION.
The European Commission wants to reassure consumers about the blue mozzarella', ie lots of mozzarella cheese that turn blue upon contact with the air. "Everything is under control," said the spokesman for Health Commissioner John Dalli, on 21 June. He announced the dispatch to Germany of an inspector from the food office to detect the origin of the contamination. Several lots of contaminated mozzarella have already been reported to the European Union's early warning system, causing the withdrawal from Italian shelves of 70,000 mozzarellas produced in Germany. According to the Commission, only Italy and Slovenia are concerned, because the cheese in question was only exported to these two countries. However, all the member states were informed via the early warning system. The first analyses carried out by the Zooprofilattico Institute in Turin show that a bacterium is responsible for the colouration. The blue colour could also be the sign of the presence of copper, nickel or lead in the milk or in the brine used to conserve the cheese.