Parmesan cheese on pasta may be wood pulp

The cheese police are on the case. Acting on a tip, agents of the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) paid a surprise visit to a cheese factory in Pennsylvania on a cold November day in 2012. They found what they were looking for: evidence that Castle Cheese Inc was doctoring its 100% real parmesan with cut-rate substitutes and such fillers as wood pulp and distributing it to some of the country's biggest grocery chains.

One might be tempted to think of this as a ripped-from the-headlines episode of "NYPD Bleu," except that the FDA wasn't playing. Some grated Parmesan suppliers have been mislabelling products by filling them with too much cellulose, a common anti-clumping agent made from wood pulp, or using cheaper cheddar, instead of real Romano. Someone had to pay.................Read more


Source: The Times of India

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