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Italian crackers 'tainted with horse-feed ingredients'

Puglia company busted for 'parasite-ridden' food

Italian crackers 'tainted with horse-feed ingredients'

(ANSA) - Bari, October 8 - Italian food inspectors seized 2,700 packages of traditional southern Italian crackers made with parasite-ridden horse fodder, the inspection authority announced Monday. The discovery was made during a routine inspection on September 19 of a company in Corato, a southern town on Italy's heel. The company specializes in the region's "O" shaped cracker called "taralli", traditionally made from flour, olive oil, wine and salt. Inspectors found the company made its taralli with a grade of bran approved for animal feed - some of which was infested with parasites. The owner of the company, from Corato, faces charges related to commercializing a non-genuine product, selling toxic food, and using inadequately conserved or sub-quality ingredients.

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