Risk of contamination from allergens: the recall for Parmesan

The Ministry of Health has issued, through its portal, a recall notice of food products due to the high risk of the presence of allergens: the press release refers to a specific brand of Parmigiano Reggiano Dop made with 24 months of seasoning.

It is, the alert specifies, the cheese produced and distributed by Trentin Spa (IT M2016 CE identification mark), company with registered office in via Genova 19 in Cerea – Verona, in the factory in Via Vittorio Foa 1 in Pegognaga (Mantova) 46020. The recall notice specifically relates to vacuum packs of Parmigiano Reggiano Dop 24 months referable to the production lot P1843, weighing about 800-900 grams and with an expiry date set at the 01/04/2023.

The reason for the request to withdraw the product is connected to the fact that some packages labeled as “Parmigiano Reggiano” actually contain Grana Padano, a cheese which among the ingredients also includes “lysozyme“. It is possible to find this preservative, generally extracted from the albumen of hen’s eggs, in some dairy products: its ingestion can cause allergic reactions in subjects intolerant to the product. This essentially explains the reason for the precaution recommended by the Ministry of Health No risk, however, for those who are not allergic to eggs.

“It should be noted that Parmigiano Reggiano is easily distinguishable from Grana Padano by the consortium brands on the heel and by the film used to package the products”the dicastery’s alert reads again, “since the one for Parmigiano Reggiano has the two logos of the consortium, while the film for Grana Padano is completely neutral with no logos”.

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