Santa Clara, CA: Walmart is facing a proposed consumer fraud class action claiming its in-house brand of allegedly pure grated parmesan cheese contains a significant amount of fillers such as wood pulp.
Filed by Marc Moschetta of Dutchess County, New York, the complaint states that the labels on Walmart' Great Value brand grated parmesan cheese contains 100 percent parmesan cheese, which is false. The cheese is sold at Walmart stores across the US.
According to the suit, independent lab testing on the cheese product has shown it contains "significant quantities of adulterants and fillers"and between 7 percent to 10 percent of the cheese is made of cellulose, a filler and anti-clumping agent derived from wood pulp.
"Defendant makes only one marketing representation on the label: the product is '100%' grated parmesan cheese [and] consumers, including plaintiff, reasonably rely on the label and believe defendant' statement that the product consists of '100%' parmesan cheese,"court documents state. "Because the product does in fact contain fillers and substitutes, the '100%' parmesan claim is literally false and is also misleading to consumers."
Moschetta stated that Walmart' sale of the grated cheese was executed through deceptive marketing, labeling and advertising and the retailer has violated New York business laws, various consumer protection laws in a majority of the contiguous US, breached an implied warranty and benefited from unjust enrichment.
The complaint is seeking certification of both a nationwide class and a New York subclass of consumers and that Walmart be ordered to pay unspecified treble damages and punitive damages.
Moschetta is represented by Jason P. Sultzer, Joseph Lipari and Jean M. Sedlak of The Sultzer Law Group PC. The case is Moschetta v. Wal-Mart Stores, Inc., number 7:16-cv-01377, in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York.
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I can't believe I switched to great value parmesan cheese because I believed it to be the same high quality as the name brand. I always keep fresh in the house, but we like the convenience of the container. I wondered why my stomach became so upset each time I ate pasta over the past year. My doctor put me on medication for stomach problems for this reason alone. I'm not happy about this at all!!
Posted by cinda newton
Vomiting after each ise of parmesean cheese
Posted by Kecia Jackson
FALSE ADVERTISEMENT FOR ALL THESE YEARS.
Posted by Dawne Tynch
Believe it or not, I've been buying this product for about 20 years and at least once every month! I thought that it was actually 100% parm!
Posted by Admin
Hi Terry, There won't be a claim form to fill out for this specific settlement until the case settles. It was only filed in February, so stay tuned.
Posted by Terry
Please provide the name of the website where we can file a claim for refunds.s
Posted by Patricia McFarland
I always wondered why it took several minutes to melt in a microwave and sometimes it still didn't melt completely. (Not smiling).
Posted by helen shea
I have many allergies to food trusted their product , and to find out not the truth shame on them so who do we trust
Posted by Rodger Greham Murray
My family has eaten plenty of this product always believing that it was safe. My wife checks the ingredients before feeding it to me. I have so many medical problems in place but wood filling. Please help me. I will not be buying this product for sure.
Posted by Meg
Have been purchasing this product for years. Never gave it a thought and when the article came out, I was shocked to hear that the cheese was not 100% Parm. Geez, feel stupid for actually taking Walmart's word for the contents of the package. Wallmart -- you tricked me.
Posted by WYLMARYE KILLINGSWORTH
I've purchased plenty of their brand. I thought it taste some what different and more course than the name brand but we ate it.
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