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PSA: Don't buy any cheese from Silani Sweet Cheese

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PSA: Don't buy any cheese from Silani Sweet Cheese

I bought a couple of Silani Cheese mozzarella balls end of 2019, and both grew mold while in my fridge, one of them not even opened yet. Expiry date is Dec 2020. Their QC department replied to my email once and then never responded again.

I also just found that the company lost their Safe Food for Canadians license back in Feb 2020
https://www.inspection.gc.ca/about-the- ... 2043186398

Posting this to let everyone know not to buy any products from this company for selling contaminated products, and not doing anything to fix the issue.
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Pyro wrote: I bought a couple of Silani Cheese mozzarella balls end of 2019, and both grew mold while in my fridge, one of them not even opened yet. Expiry date is Dec 2020. Their QC department replied to my email once and then never responded again.

I also just found that the company lost their Safe Food for Canadians license back in Feb 2020
https://www.inspection.gc.ca/about-the- ... 2043186398

Posting this to let everyone know not to buy any products from this company for selling contaminated products, and not doing anything to fix the issue.
thanks for the info
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Someone at Silani is not doing their job. A Best Before Date of 2020 Dec 04? Doubt cheese have a shelf life that long.
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sandikosh wrote: Someone at Silani is not doing their job. A Best Before Date of 2020 Dec 04? Doubt cheese have a shelf life that long.
You're probably right but I only had the cheese in my fridge less than a month before the mold grew
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sandikosh wrote: Someone at Silani is not doing their job. A Best Before Date of 2020 Dec 04? Doubt cheese have a shelf life that long.
Definitely not mozza. An unopened pack of fresh mozza like this should really be eaten within a month. Once opened, it should probably be gone within the week.

Hard cheeses can be pushed to something like 6 months unopened, but should really be eaten within a few months at most.

Their expiration date was way off base.
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If the package isn't fully vacuum sealed i.e. gets a tiny hole, then it allows in air which can cause it to go mouldy. That's why it's important to make sure your cheese packages are tightly sealed before buying.

I've had cheese that was several months expired but was perfectly fine because it was sealed and always refrigerated properly. That's a really long expiry for that type of cheese, probably a mistake but once it's opened, you can no longer expect it to last even a fraction of that time.
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another reason not to buy Silani...inferior low quality cheese. weird texture.
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I've had the same experience as OP with Silani cheeses. They always develop moldy spots within a few weeks of purchase. That never happens when I buy Black Diamond, Kraft, or any other major brand.

If you catch the spots early, just cut around them and use the rest of the cheese, but it's still a waste. It may go on sale regularly, it's not a good price if you have to discard some of it.
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oh man we buy that cheese to use when we make pizzas, oh I guess I will stop buying it now. going to give Kraft or Black Diamond a shot now.
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sandikosh wrote: Someone at Silani is not doing their job. A Best Before Date of 2020 Dec 04? Doubt cheese have a shelf life that long.
In all likelihood, someone mixed up month and date - 12-04-20 04-12-20
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Vacuum packed ripened mozzarella certainly does have a long best before date...almost as long as sealed feta in brine.

This was a pin hole in the packaging.

For Silani in general, I've been banging the drum not to buy them for over 15 years since they decided to be the bottom shelf deli cheese category. Early 2000 and before they had more or less quality as Tre Stelle.
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Dynatos wrote: Definitely not mozza. An unopened pack of fresh mozza like this should really be eaten within a month. Once opened, it should probably be gone within the week.

Hard cheeses can be pushed to something like 6 months unopened, but should really be eaten within a few months at most.

Their expiration date was way off base.
Looks like they do have long expiry dates. But you also get E Coli

https://www.inspection.gc.ca/food-recal ... 1697684229

Notification - Silani brand Mozzarella Ball recalled due to generic E. coli

Silani Mozzarella Ball 260 g 0 65052 51369 4 Best Before: 2021.01.08
Lot# 32435
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notenoughsleep wrote: Looks like they do have long expiry dates. But you also get E Coli

https://www.inspection.gc.ca/food-recal ... 1697684229

Notification - Silani brand Mozzarella Ball recalled due to generic E. coli

Silani Mozzarella Ball 260 g 0 65052 51369 4 Best Before: 2021.01.08
Lot# 32435
Hah.

I'm not surprised. It's a high moisture soft cheese. They don't (or shouldn't) have a long shelf life.

It's like putting a year expiration timeline on cottage cheese or yogurt. Fresh mozza really isn't much longer shelf life than pasteurized fresh milk.
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Open it up, cut off the bad part or cut off all around and make a pizza with it.
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Silani is terrible. It's just a cheap processed cheese.
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gr8dlr wrote: Open it up, cut off the bad part or cut off all around and make a pizza with it.
That's generally not a great idea with soft fresh cheeses. The mold can spread a lot further a lot quicker, and not be visible, in soft cheeses like mozza. Unlike harder cheeses, mold isn't integral in the formation of fresh soft cheeses either. If you see mould in mozza, ricotta, etc throw it out.

Hard cheese is a different matter entirely. Cut an inch or so past the visible mold to get rid of any tendrils and eat away.
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Dynatos wrote: That's generally not a great idea with soft fresh cheeses. The mold can spread a lot further a lot quicker, and not be visible, in soft cheeses like mozza. Unlike harder cheeses, mold isn't integral in the formation of fresh soft cheeses either. If you see mould in mozza, ricotta, etc throw it out.

Hard cheese is a different matter entirely. Cut an inch or so past the visible mold to get rid of any tendrils and eat away.
Don't think this is "soft fresh cheese" - the kind I find packed in brine. I think it's more regular processed mozzarella.

Regardless, everyone makes their own choices of whether it's safe or not.
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Dynatos wrote: That's generally not a great idea with soft fresh cheeses. The mold can spread a lot further a lot quicker, and not be visible, in soft cheeses like mozza. Unlike harder cheeses, mold isn't integral in the formation of fresh soft cheeses either. If you see mould in mozza, ricotta, etc throw it out.

Hard cheese is a different matter entirely. Cut an inch or so past the visible mold to get rid of any tendrils and eat away.
If you ever had this silani cheese... its crap. Soooo fake.
I think its mostly processed cheese in the shape of a mozerella ball.

Taste funny too.
Imagine getting white kraft singles. Rolling it into a balll... with maybe 15% of that ball from a mozzarella cheese brick from cracker barrel.
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Silani mozzarella in OP is semi-soft ripened cheese, not fresh as posted a few times.
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