Saturday, March 29, 2008

Italy: EU satisfied with Italy's mozzarella response

The European Commission (EC) yesterday announced it was satisfied with Italy's action on a mozzarella dioxin scare, according to Italian News Agency ANSA.

The European Commission said it saw no reason for further action on the scare, which has hit exports of the famed Italian cheese.

Commission spokeswoman Nina Papadoulaki expressed "satisfaction" with the measures Italy had taken on the scare, praising Italian authorities for blocking cheese from suspect farms.

Earlier this week Italy halted production at more than 80 plants after excessive levels of dioxin and another dangerous contaminant were found. Work at a dozen farms has since resumed.