Who doctored my cheese?
When agents from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration paid a surprise visit to a Pennsylvania cheese factory in November 2012, they found evidence that Castle Cheese was doctoring its so-called 100 percent Parmesan with cut-rate substitutes and fillers such as wood pulp. That may sound like a plot from an episode of NYPD Bleu, but adulterated grated Parmesan and Romano cheeses remain a very real problem.
20 % Of U.S.-produced hard Italian-style cheeses—worth $375 million in sales—misrepresent ingredients, says Neal Schuman, CEO of America's No.1 seller of such cheeses. 30 % The amount Bob Greco of Cheese Merchant of America says rivals hawking bastardized products have underbid him. "The bad guys win," he says, "and the rule followers lose.