Parmesan you eat might actually be wood pulp

Discussion in 'World Events' started by Plazma Inferno!, Feb 17, 2016.

  1. Plazma Inferno! Ding Ding Ding Ding Administrator

    FDA warns Parmesan fraud has become a serious problem for American consumers. Tests show products described as "100 percent Parmesan" routinely have cut-rate substitutes — like wood pulp, and cheaper cheeses such as cheddar, Swiss, and mozzarella.
    Apparently wood pulp in grated cheese products is used for a long time, mostly because cellulose in it helps prevent the grated cheese from clumping together while inside the package.

    I've never been fond(u) of parmesan, mostly because of its weird taste. Now I know why.
    Last edited: Feb 17, 2016
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  3. Baldeee Valued Senior Member

    Anyone who is so lazy as to buy pre-grated cheese in the first place deserve everything they end up eating!

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    My parents used to buy pre-grated Parmesan that smelled disgusting and bore no resemblance whatsoever to the proper stuff, so maybe that had other stuff in it, as it certainly wasn't what I would now recognise as Parmesan.
    Thankfully that means I now would only ever buy the proper stuff.
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