Economic Adulteration of Consumer Cheeses

Know What You’re Buying and Selling

content-breadEconomic adulteration of cheese not only affects consumers, but the dairy industry as well.

In July 2013 the National Cheese Institute sent an alert to Parmesan cheese purchasers about some cheese on the market being sold as Parmesan that did not meet the FDA’s standard of identity. The alert states, “The federal standards of identity were created by FDA to promote honesty and fair dealing in labeling and selling products by ensuring consumers that the products they buy meet the product quality and uniformity standards set out in the applicable standard of identity.” Cheese that does not meet the standard not only violates the FDA regulations but can result in lower quality products that erode consumer satisfaction.

In November 2014 the Milwaukee, Wisconsin Journal Sentinel reported on “inauthentic” hard Italian cheese being sold in the United States, as well as the overuse of cellulose and other non-dairy fillers in dry-grated Parmesan cheese.

These kinds of practices take advantage of consumers and hurt legitimate cheese manufacturers who must price their products based on the quality of ingredients they use. Additionally, cheese buyers put their companies at the risk of massive consumer complaints should economic adulteration and/or mislabeling of the product be discovered.

DairiConcepts’ Quality Commitment

We are committed to supplying products that are always consistent with FDA standards of 
identity, as well as your specifications. We exercise truth in labeling, both in the retail label ingredient deck and in the nutritional information stated.

What You Can Do

If you have questions about whether the cheese you’re buying meets FDA standards of 
identity, ask your supplier for analytical data or have a sample tested yourself at a reputable lab.

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