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

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    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.

    http://www.grubstreet.com/2016/02/parmesan-cheese-fraud.html?mid=twitter_nymag

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

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    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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