Consumer Law

Lawsuits claim parmesan cheese labels didn't disclose fillers like wood pulp

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Nearly 45 would-be class action suits have been filed over labeling for parmesan cheese alleged to contain undisclosed additives.

Four brands with labels for 100% parmesan cheese are targeted in the suits, including Kraft and Wal-Mart’s private brand, the National Law Journal (sub. req.) reports.

The suits were filed after Bloomberg News published lab results that found 7.8 percent of Wal-Mart’s Great Value 100% Parmesan Cheese contained cellulose, while Kraft’s 100% Grated Parmesan Cheese had 3.8 percent cellulose. The ingredient, made from wood pulp, is an anti-clumping agent.

Lawyers have filed competing motions on the best sites for the federal multidistrict litigation.

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