Venerdì, 19 Ottobre 2018

Mozzarella king arrested for alleged criminal association


(ANSA) - Naples, July 17 - Police in Naples arrested the
owner of one of Italy's leading mozzarella companies on Tuesday
for alleged criminal association and counterfeit production of
the Campania region's trademark cheese.
Giuseppe Mandara, third-generation mozzarella producer and
company head of Mandara Group, was allegedly in partnership with
the notorious Casalesi clan of the Camorra Mafia whose criminal
empire was described in Roberto Saviano's 2006 book Gomorrah,
later turned into an award-winning 2008 film of the same name.
Police also seized assets worth 100 million euros and
arrested a number of the company's employees.
Mandara is a major global exporter of buffalo mozzarella
and its products are sold throughout Europe, Japan and the US.
Investigators also allege that the company falsely produced
batches of mozzarella with cheaper cows' milk instead of the
buffalo milk that is required by law to keep its protected
origin status (DOP).

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