Consumer labelling and packaging -- what your parmesan isn't telling you
Earlier this year a Bloomberg report further elaborated on an investigation by the FDA in 2012 on the mislabelling / handling of the ingredients of parmesan. The research detailed the use of fillers and illegal ingredients.
Like most products on grocery store shelves, there are standards that uphold consumer safety and awareness. However, big food makers are today often found skirting standards and/or pushing limits with what is acceptable or even legal to save money and produce higher volumes of food. Note Quaker Oats Oatmeal.
The ingredients of classic Parmigiano-Reggiano are standardized by the FDA to include milk, salt and calf-intestine (for the hard exterior) or rennet. Three illegal ingredients were found in Kraft parmesan cheese including, potassium sorbate, cheese culture and cellulose powder raising the red flags.
If anything, even if the elements are considered harmless, consumers have the right to know or ask and determine for themselves what they should or shouldn't be eating.
The good thing is there are new products on the market that bring exceptional flavor to food, are all natural, plant based and achieve the same goal as crumbled parmesan, but add even more flavor without any of the funny stuff.