CHICAGO (AP) — A judge has dismissed lawsuits that allege labels touting “100 percent grated Parmesan” are deceptive because the products include non-cheese ingredients.
Judge Gary Feinerman on Thursday tossed five lawsuits against major producers and retailers that were consolidated into a single case in Chicago federal court.
His 25-page written ruling concludes that the companies’ “labeling and marketing, when viewed as a whole … are not deceptive.”
He noted that full ingredients are listed on the products and make clear that cellulose, a filler made from wood pulp, is mixed into the Parmesan. Feinerman cites one Kraft Heinz Parmesan product that lists “cellulose powder” as an ingredient meant “to prevent caking.”
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Messages left after working hours seeking comment from the plaintiffs’ lead attorney and from Kraft Heinz weren’t returned.