Keller Rohrback L.L.P. Investigates Walmart’s Great Value “100% Grated Parmesan Cheese”

Keller Rohrback L.L.P. is investigating potential claims against Walmart Stores, Inc. for the use of cellulose in its Great Value brand parmesan cheese products.

Cellulose is another name for wood pulp, according to a Wall Street Journal report; it is a filler and anti-caking agent which has gained popularity amongst cheese and other food producers. According to the same report, cellulose is relatively inexpensive ingredient, especially in light of the increasing cost of raw materials, boosting the popularity of its use in products such as grated cheese. But while adding cellulose increases dietary bulk, it reduces the nutritional value of a product.

Cellulose can create a cost savings for manufacturers of grated cheese products, and producers have continued to push the limit of how much wood pulp can be added to their cheese products. Indeed, according to a Bloomberg investigation, while Walmart prominently and in no uncertain terms represents to consumers that its Great Value brand parmesan cheese contains “100% grated parmesan cheese,” the cheese was not “100%” cheese. Rather, independent laboratory testing found that Walmart’s Grated Value brand parmesan cheese contained nearly 7.8% wood pulp or nearly 4 times the amount allowed by the United States Department of Agriculture which directs that cheese should not contain more than 2% cellulose.

Keller Rohrback L.L.P. is a leader in representing consumers in class action lawsuits in diverse areas such as vehicles, children’s products, mortgage modifications, and data breaches. The firm’s record of success includes settlements against JP Morgan Chase, Mattel, Crayola, and Anthem Health Insurance. Recently, managing partner Lynn Sarko was appointed to the Plaintiffs’ Steering Committee in the landmark Volkswagen “Clean Diesel” litigation.

With offices in Seattle, Phoenix, New York, Ronan, Oakland, and Santa Barbara, Keller Rohrback L.L.P., serves as lead and co-lead counsel in class actions throughout the country. Our Complex Litigation Group is proud to offer its expertise to clients nationwide, and our trial lawyers have obtained judgments and settlements on behalf of clients in excess of seven billion dollars.

 

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If you feel like you have been misled by the deceptive marketing and labeling of “100% Grated Parmesan Cheese” by Walmart and would like to know more about your rights, please contact attorneys Tana Lin or Michael Meredith, or paralegal AJ de Vries, at (800) 776-6044 or via email at consumer@kellerrohrback.com.

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