New ‘Smart’ Cheese Rinds Help Fight Parmesan Fraud
This recent piece from Food & Wine details the rather fascinating efforts the Parmigiano Reggiano Consortium has implemented over the last few years to fight its very own battle with fraud. It’s stories like these that remind you that stories of fraud really are tales as old as time but, that in some ways, we’ve made progress with developing new ways to fight the fraudsters.
Most people understand (hopefully) that when they grab Kraft Parmesan Cheese, they’re not getting official Parmigiano Reggiano from Italy. But less casual Parmigiano fraud is actually a serious issue for producers. Like many European products, true “Parmesan” cheese has a protected designation of origin, and according to the Parmigiano Reggiano Consortium (the official trade group for the cheese) the amount of fraud is almost as big as product sales: Authentic Parmigiano Reggiano sales are around $2.44 billion while fraudulent cheese is a $2.08 billion market.
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