Food warning in Spain about fresh mozzarella

by Lorraine Williamson

MADRID – The Spanish Agency for Food Safety and Nutrition (AESAN) has ordered the withdrawal of a batch of fresh mozzarella from the Bocconcini de Albe brand due to the presence of the staphylococcal toxin. 

AESAN, which falls under the Ministry of Consumer Affairs, says that it concerns the batch with number 2910 and the best-before date of October 29. The unit weight of the pouch is 250 g (net weight) and 150 g (drained weight). 

Currently, there are no reports of poisoning in Spain following this warning. According to information from AESAN, the product is distributed in the following autonomous communities;

  • Andalucia
  • Asturias
  • Balearic Islands
  • Canary Islands
  • Catalonia
  • Cantabria
  • Castilla y León
  • Galicia
  • Valencian Community

However, in addition to the above, other redistributions are not excluded. 

Cogesa Expats

This information has been transferred to the competent authorities of all Spanish regions through the Coordinated Rapid Information Exchange System (SCIRI) and to the European Commission services through the European Food Alert Network (RASFF). This makes it possible to verify the withdrawal of the affected mozzarella products from the marketing channels. 

The Ministry of Consumption recommends that you go to a health centre if you have eaten this product from the affected batch and experience symptoms such as nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, abdominal pain or fatigue. 

People who have these products at home should not consume them but bring them back to the point of sale. 


Some Staphylococcus aureus bacteria can produce toxic substances (toxins). If these toxins enter the bloodstream, they can cause various diseases. The most important is toxic shock syndrome and food poisoning. 

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