Blue mozzarella cheese company given all clear

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The German company at the centre of the tainted blue mozzarella alert has been given the all-clear to begin producing its cheese again, said the European Commission (EC) today.

The EC said it received assurances from the competent authorities in Germany yesterday that both the product and food safety measures at Milchwerk Jäger’s facility were now compliant with regulations.

The action follows the discovery of a batch of mozzarella cheese in Italy from the Bavarian company that turned blue on opening. Around 70,000 mozzarella balls were confiscated by Italian authorities in June after consumers reported that the cheese developed a blue tint when exposed to the air. The tainted cheese had also reached other Member States and third countries where the product was withdrawn from the market.

The EC raised concerns over the matter after identifying a number of issues including a failure of the company to inform the competent authorities when the contamination was detected. It called on German authorities to provide full guarantees that the source of contamination has been eliminated and the bacteriological quality of the milk products has been restored.

Related topics: Regulation & Safety, Cheese

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