What has waste got to do with Mozzarella?

Italy’s recent well-publicised break down in waste disposal could be having a knock on effect on one of Italy’s most famous culinary exports; Mozzarella cheese. Traditionally made from buffalo milk, it’s now thought that toxic waste, dumped illegally, has tainted the milk of the buffalos, making the cheese unsafe. The people of Italy are discovering the hard way that there is no “away” to throw waste to and it must be managed carefully:

 http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/europe/7316243.stm

The issue made front page news in The Independent newspaper, who alledged that the Italian mafia had infiltrated the waste disposal industry and were partly responsible for the pollution:

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/europe/italys-toxic-waste-crisis-the-mafia-ndash-and-the-scandal-of-europes-mozzarella-799289.html

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