Wal-Mart has joined the long list of food companies caught using filler, essentially wood pulp, in its Grated Parmesan Cheese.
The Bloomberg business network exposed the fraud when it tested a number of Grated Parmesan Cheese brands and found some of them contained 3% – 10% filler often derived from wood pulp. The suspect brands include Wal Mart’s Great Value 100% Parmesan Cheese, Kraft, and Essential Everyday 100% Grated Parmesan Cheese from Jewel-Osco (owner of Shaw’s Supermarkets). Here is what Bloomberg’s tests found:
“Essential Everyday 100% Grated Parmesan Cheese, from Jewel-Osco, was 8.8 percent cellulose, while Wal-Mart Stores Inc.’s Great Value 100% Grated Parmesan Cheese registered 7.8 percent, according to test results. Whole Foods 365 brand didn’t list cellulose as an ingredient on the label, but still tested at 0.3 percent. Kraft had 3.8 percent.”
Worse yet, some brands may contain no actual Parmesan; the US Food and Drug Administration found Castle brand had NO Parmesan.
Take Action – If you were tricked into buying wood pulp instead of pure cheese, file a complaint with the FDA and consider contacting Attorney John Longo to discuss your rights.
It’s not 100% Cheese if 7.8% is Wood Filler.