Blue Balls Epidemic in Italy

By DeusExMacintosh

A batch of about 70,000 mozzarella balls which turned blue upon opening has been confiscated by food authorities in Italy, officials say.

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.

Mozzarella is Italy’s favourite cheese. About 60% of Italians regularly eat the soft, white cheese, according to the Italian farmers’ group, Coldiretti.

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.

The woman then called the police, national media reported.

BBC News


  1. Posted June 21, 2010 at 2:02 am | Permalink

    Italians take bad food seriously. They call the cops.

  2. TerjeP (say Taya)
    Posted June 21, 2010 at 10:15 am | Permalink

    The Danish eat blue cheese all the time.

  3. Posted June 21, 2010 at 12:47 pm | Permalink

    Yes they do, but it generally is stable in its colour. They also eat rollmops. . .

    I wonder, there was a mastitis dye that was blue to indicate a cow that should be excluded from milk production due to the medication they were receiving. . .

  4. Patrick
    Posted June 21, 2010 at 8:47 pm | Permalink

    I think that the Italians are comfortable with the idea of blue cheese. I have this funny feeling that Gorgonzola might be Italian, for example.

    But they are very sensitive about their mozzarella. Not long ago there was concern that the Buffalo near Naples (who make the real mozzarella) were going to be wiped out after a couple of herds caught some bug.

    So that makes this more explicable perhaps.

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