Parmesan Producers in Italy Protest Fake Versions of Cheese

Mar 10, 2015 885

Italian Parmesan producers are protesting what they call fake versions of the cheese made in the U.S. that are cutting into their livelihood.

Parmesan cheese — the real stuff, that is, labeled Parmigiano Reggiano — is a globally protected Italian brand. It can only be legally produced in and around the city of Parma, following a strict procedure. But that hasn’t stopped American cheese producers from calling another kind of cheese Parmesan, and even selling kits that claim people can produce it at home in just a few months.

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