the Ministry of Health issued a food recall for a product that shows the absence of a on the label allergen. At least four lots have been contaminated and it may not be safe for people with intolerances to buy it. To alert the authorities was the same manufacturer, the Brimi of Varna, in the province of Bolzano, which communicated to the veterinary service that it had produced and sold mozzarella cheese with lactose. Nothing strange, considering that it is one of the most popular dairy products on the market. However, several batches were packaged with the mention “without lactose“On the label.
What is lactose intolerance and why it is good to consume lactose-free products
the lactose it is the main sugar present in milk and its derivatives and it is broken down by the enzyme called lactase, produced by the cells of the inner lining of the small intestine. Lactase breaks down lactose, which is a complex sugar, into its two components, which are the glucose and the galactosewhich are then absorbed by the body through the intestinal wall.
It is estimated that most adults, although the percentage varies by geographic area, have a deficit of lactase, that is to say, fails to produce all or part of this precious protein which makes it possible to ingest milk and dairy products. Thus, a lactose intolerance is configured.
What are the symptoms of lactose intolerance and what are they actually caused by?
When this complex sugar, in the absence of lactase, reaches the small intestine, it sucks up an enormous amount of fluidswhich cause diarrhea aqueous. Lactose thus passes into the large intestine. There begins the fermentation by the bacterial flora, with a consequent increase in gaswhich causes flatulence, bloating and abdominal cramps.
Generally enough between the 250 milliliters yes 375 milliliters of milk to cause symptoms, which develop between i 30 minutes and the 2 hours after taking lactose. They are usually mild, but they can also cause evil absorption nutrients from the rest of the diet, due to frequent episodes of diarrhoea.
Lactose intolerance can become a very serious problem for individuals in particular celiacs or with infections affecting the digestive system, especially the intestine. Lactose is therefore not a real allergen, although on the label it may be associated with other allergens. L’cow’s milk allergywhich is very rare and particularly affects infants, is an autoimmune reaction to milk proteins.
Lactose-free mozzarella withdrawn from supermarkets: which batches are contaminated
The product subject to the ministerial recall is sold in Selex chains. The acronyms of the group are different, such as Famila, A&O, Dok, Elite, Emi, Emisfero, Galassia, Gala, Mercatò, Pan, Sole365 supermarkets. it’s about the Mozzarella pieces Vivibene brand in pack of 125 grams.
Here are the batches that contain lactose, contrary to what is indicated on the packaging.
- Mozzarella Vivibene Selex bocconcini – Batch 94expiring May 3, 2022.
- Mozzarella Vivibene Selex bocconcini – Batch 95expiring May 3, 2022.
- Mozzarella Vivibene Selex bocconcini – Batch 96expiring on May 4, 2022.
- Mozzarella Vivibene Selex bocconcini – Batch 97expiring on May 4, 2022.
The manufacturer’s name on the label is Dairy Center Bressanone Soc. Cooperativewith headquarters at Via Brennero, 2, Varna, in the province of Bolzano, and identification mark CE IT 41 5.
The Ministry of Health ordered the recall immediate of the product, but it is always advisable to check the labels of the products, in this case those that are in the refrigerated cabinet. If you have already purchased the recalled lactose-free mozzarella, you may return it to the store where you purchased it by requesting a replacement of the product.
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