Mozzarella withdrawn from the market due to microbiological risk: the alert from the Ministry of Health

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Mozzarella withdrawn from the market due to microbiological risk: the alert from the Ministry of Health

Recalls and withdrawals of food products

In the section of the Ministry of Health website dedicated to food recalls, an alert was reported for a batch of mozzarella. The reason is “microbiological risk due to incorrect expiry date”. All the details.

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Today, Thursday 29 February , a notice for microbiological risk was published in the section of the Ministry of Health website dedicated to food recalls regarding a batch of mozzarella sold in Lidl supermarkets , which would also have sent the report. The indicated product which is sold in single packs of 125 grams, in fact, would have had an incorrect expiry date on its packaging.

According to what can be read in the notice published on the Ministry portal, the batch of mozzarella subject to recall is number LN4050C under the Merivio brand, with the sales name “Mozzarella 125g Merivio Ita”. The identification mark of the factory and the manufacturer is IT 03 144 E. Specifically, the batch was produced for Lidl by Granarolo Spa , based in the factory in via San Giovanni Bosco, 37/39, 20865, Usmate Velate (MB).

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The health alert was triggered because some checks carried out by the health authorities revealed that an incorrect expiry date was shown on the packaging. The reason for the recall reads: “The product displays the following incorrect expiration dates, 03/15/2023 and 03/15/2025; the correct expiration is 03/15/2024.”

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As a precaution, the advice of the health authorities for people who may be in possession of the product affected by the recall is not to consume the packages with the lot number reported after the correct expiry date, i.e. 15/03/2024 .

Among the most common risks linked to consuming expired mozzarella is that of contracting listeriosis , a disease caused by the Listeria monocytogenes bacterium with symptoms similar to those of a gastrointestinal flu : from fever to abdominal pain, from nausea to vomiting. In some cases, however, even if rarely, more serious symptoms and illnesses can develop, which is why it is always good to respect the deadlines and pay attention to the Ministry's reports. Furthermore, we also talk about microbiological risk when we report the contamination of a product by a bacterium , a virus or another pathogen .

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