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Italian Buffalo Mozzarella Contaminated

Is your lunch safe to eat?

Japan and South Korea banned all imports of Italian mozzarella after samples of the gourmet treat showed high levels of a carcinogenic toxin. Turns out that there are unsafe levels of dioxin in herds whose milk is used in cheese production.

Is Your Food Safe?Is Your Food Safe? The Italian government is trying to downplay the danger, saying that no toxic cheese left Italy, and only a small number of herds are affected. Considering that Italy sealed off at least 80 dairy farms following the breaking news, I'm glad not to be in Italy right now.

If the source of the problem turns out to be the buffalo's water or grazing supplies, there might not be a way to protect the animals from contamination. 33 000 tons of buffalo mozzarella are exported from Italy each year, so an international reaction to the scary chemicals is a serious threat to the Italian economy.

I'm devastated either way: cutting out fresh mozzarella from my diet is almost as frightening as ingesting those cancer causing chemicals.

For more information about the contaminated buffalo mozzarella visit one of these accredited news sources:

BBC

Reuters

The Telegraph

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