While blue cheese is not unusual, mozzarella should never be the color of the sky. Unfortunately for some consumers in Italy, blue is exactly what they got.
Produced in Bavaria and sold in Italian discount markets, this hue-changing cheese appears its usual white in the package yet changes to blue when exposed to the air. Italian Health Minister Ferruccio Fazio has ordered the recall of the tainted cheese, 700,o00 packages and counting, and testing is still underway as to the cause of the phenomenon.
The tainted mozzarella has been dubbed “smurf cheese” after the blue-skinned cartoon characters.
This recent fromage flub is yet another embarrassment to the mozzarella-proud Italians. From the discovery of some buffalo mozzarella being cut with cow’s milk earlier this year to the bacteria-tainted buffalo mozzarella two years ago, this recent scandal deals a heavy blow.
For more on the story, check out Mozzarella gets the blues in Italy from the Associated Press.