A lot of us are cheese lovers, we love sprinkling cheese all over a slice of pizza or a serve of our favorite pasta, but how wold you feel if you discovered that the thing you sprinkled you thought were parmesan cheese actually contains wood pulp?
Bloomberg reports that, a lot of grated parmesan products sold in various stores, along with other kinds of cheese (eg. mozzarella) are seemed to contain a compound called cellulose, which apparently came from powdered wood pulp, the same material used to make piles of paper.
When the United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) conducted an investigation, they discovered that there was no parmesan cheese used to manufacture in the Pennsylvania-based food manufacturer – Castle Cheese Inc. The FDA found out that it is a mixture of cellulose and other kinds of cheese. The president of Castle Cheese is now facing a year behind bars with a whopping wage of $100,000.
Not only that, after FDA’s investigation at Castle Cheese, Bloomberg also looked at other grocery stores selling grated parmesans. They also found out that there was 8.8% of cellulose present in Jewel-Osco’s Essential Everyday 100% Grated Parmesan Cheese while 7.8% of which is present in Wal-Mart Stores Inc.’s Great Value 100% Grated Parmesan Cheese.
Folks, cellulose is actually considered safe because cellulose is fiber and it is sometimes utilized as laxative, but it must reached between 2-4% (the acceptable level for food). The FDA’s findings tells us that there is an increasing number of fraud cases and food safety scandals on these grated parmesans bought in stores.
It’s just one of the recent food scandals in lined with frozen burgers and ready meals that were labeled as “beef” instead of horse meat in the UK. The incident wasn’t necessarily based on the issue that the products contained horse meat, it’s just that the products were mislabeled. Thus they have no idea where it came from and whether or not the products were safe to eat.