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Glossary: mozzarella

We talk a lot about mozzarella on Slice. And why not? It's the pizza cheese. But just what do we mean when we talk about fresh mozzarella, low-moisture mozzarella, buffalo mozzarella, and fior di latte? More

Scandal: Some Italian Buffalo Mozzarella Found to Contain Cows' Milk

[Photograph: Eustaquio Santimano on Flickr] According to the Associated Press, some of Italy's famed buffalo mozzarella may actually be short on the milk of water buffalo. The agriculture minister there suspended the head of the buffalo-mozzarella-makers trade group. The ministry said about a quarter of the 530 samples of buffalo mozzarella tested by authorities over the course of last year showed traces of cow milk. Some samples were up to 30 percent cow milk, ministry spokesman Giampiero Beltotto. D'oh! Something to think about next time you're at a place that offers buffalo mozzarella on its pies at a premium.... More

Buffalo Mozzarella Dioxin Scare Widens

As you may or may not know, there's a lot of hoo-hah going on about garbage in and around Naples, Italy. The city's dumps were declared full and shut down late last year, and trash was allowed to pile up in the streets, spurring illegal dumping on the outskirts of town. What's this have to do with food, and more specifically, pizza? Well, it's outside of Naples where that prized pizza ingredient, buffalo mozzarella, is made. And now, dioxin, possibly from toxic trash, has been found in some shipments of the cheese. This new story picks up where an earlier... More

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