May 13 2014, 12:49pm CDT | by Ahmed Humayun
The Mozzarella arrests have been making the headlines since yesterday and this will probably put a lot of health freaks to such a height of disgust. As reported by Il Mattino, in an area around Caserta in Italy’s Campania region at least 13 people were put under house arrest for making use of inappropriate ingredients for cheese. They were apparently mixing cow and buffalo milk, both foreign and Italian, and subsequently has been dodging tests by the health authorities in fear of getting caught.
Milk samples were tested at the Cantile di Sparanise factory by investigators in Santa Maria Capua Vetere and you will be surprised and grossed out at the same time to learn that they found bacteria more than 2,000 times the authorized level. As Prosecutor Raffaella Capasso has stated, the findings of the investigation and sample tests have revealed that this presence of bacteria was essentially harmful to health. Along with these Mozzarella arrests, the factory as well as the sales points was shut down.
Up until the investigation took place, the cheese was being sold under the prestigious DOP label (Protected Designation of Origin), used to ensure quality and protect the recipe of the region’s famous cheese. The countryside where this cheese was being produced is known as “one of the most important economic areas of the ‘Made in Italy’ symbol,” by Michele Buonomo, president of environmental group Legambiente Campania. He also added that “Mozzarella is one of the cornerstones of our gastronomy and the seizure and arrests today are the best way to defend and safeguard the real mozzarella producers.”
Ahmed Humayun is a technology journalist bringing you the hottest tech stories of the day.
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